The Pittsburgh Pirates minor league affiliates had a solid night yesterday. They were 2-1 on the night. The Indianapolis Indians did not have a game.
The Pittsburgh Pirates Double-A affiliate was in action last night, as the Curve took on the Erie SeaWolves. The SeaWolves are the Double-A affiliate of the Detroit Tigers. The Curve dropped the game by a score of 7-1, and Altoona is now 7-4 on the season. The Curve had Pittsburgh Pirates top 20 prospect Yeudy Garcia on the mound. The power right handed pitcher only lasted four innings, being tagged for 5 runs, 3 of which were earned. He allowed 7 hits including 2 home runs. Furthermore, he only walked 1 hitter while only striking out three. Garcia’s ERA is now sitting at 9.64.
Following Garcia was reliever Miguel Rosario. Rosario pitched 3 scoreless innings, striking out 2 while allowing 4 hits. Rosario is a low-key relief prospect. Although he is not well known, Rosario is currently owning a 2.25 ERA. He also has a fastball that hits 95 consistently. John Kuchno threw the other 3 innings and allowed 2 more runs.
On the offensive side of things, it was not much better for the Curve. The Curve only scored 1 run on 7 hits on the night. One bright spot is that Pittsburgh Pirates top shortstop prospect Kevin Newman had 2 of the hits. The former first round pick was 2-3 in the game with a double and a base on balls. Edwin Espinal kept his hot start to the season going by collecting 2 more hits in 4 at-bats. He also scored a run. Kevin Kramer and Jordan Luplow both were 1-4, and Michael Suchy did not have a hit on the night, but he did gain an outfield assist.
The Bradenton Marauders took on the Clearwater Threshers last night. The Threshers are the High-A affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies. The Pittsburgh Pirates High-A affiliate improved to 9-3 on the season, as they won 5-1. Dario Agrazal got his first win of the year, pitching 6 innings of 1 run baseball. Agrazal gave up 5 hits and 1 walk, but he did strike out 5 hitters. Jess Amedee and Seth McGarry combined for the last three innings. They did not give up any runs and struck out 3 hitters. The staff as a whole did not walk any batters on the night.
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Offensively the Marauders had 6 hits and scored 5 runs against Clearwater. Pittsburgh Pirates 2016 first round pick Will Craig was the only player to have multiple hits, going 2-4, and he also had a RBI. Cole Tucker was 0-2 on the night, but he did have 2 walks. Tucker also swiped his ninth base already on the year. Ke’Bryan Hayes was 0-3, but he did make contact in all 3 instances. Casey Hughston, the Pittsburgh Pirates 3rd round pick in 2015, was 1-3 with a run scored.
The West Virginia Power have put up back-to-back big offensive nights. After chalking up 13 runs on Sunday, the Pittsburgh Pirates Low-A affiliate put up even more on Monday. The Power defeated the Hickory Crawdads of the Texas Rangers 19-3. West Virginia sent 2015 draftee ,and Duke product, James Marvel to the mound for the start. Marvel was once again impressive. The righ hander threw 5 innings and gave up 1 earned run. Marvel struck out 3 hitters, walked 1, and gave up 4 hits. He was relieved by Matt Eckelman, who was tagged for 2 earned run in 2 innings of work. Jordan Jess threw the last 2 innings and kept the Crawdads off the board.
Meanwhile, the Power’s offense combined for 22 hits in their 19 run outburst. Out of the 9 hitters in the lineup, 7 of the batters had multi-hit games. The team had four home runs, and all four of them were for multiple runs. The team also had 5 doubles in the game, adding up to 9 extra base hits. Ty Moore led the team in hits, pounding out 4 hits in 6 at-bats. He had 2 RBIs on all four hits, all being singles. Moore is a former UCLA Bruin and was a 12th round pick in 2015. He is now hitting .441 on the season.
Clark Eagan, the Pittsburgh Pirates 5th round pick in 2016, was 2-5 for the game. He scored 2 runs, had 2 runs batted in, and walked once. Leadoff hitter Logan Rutledge was 3-6 in the game, hitting one of the home runs and a double. He also scored 3 runs and batted in 2 runners. The Power are now 5-7 on the year.