The Pittsburgh Pirates had three minor league teams in action last night. The teams went 2-1 on the night, all scoring 8 runs.
The Indianapolis Indians took on the Columbus Clippers of the Cleveland Indians’ organization. The Indians defeated the Clippers by a score of 8-4. The Indians sent Nick Kingham to the mound for his second start of the year and first back in Triple-A. Kingham had a solid first start, giving up 2 earned runs in 5.2 innings. Kingham struck out 4 and he walked 3. Kingham picked up the win for the game. AJ Schugel pitched the next 1.1 innings and did not give up a run. Edgar Santana followed and did the same in 1 inning. Santana is now rockin’ an impressive 0.40 ERA. He could join the Pittsburgh Pirates soon. Dan Runzler threw the last 2 innings and he gave up 2 earned runs.
The Indians scored 8 runs on 12 hits. Max Moroff led the offense going 2-3 hitting 2 home runs. His second home run was a 2 run shot in the 7th inning. Eric Wood also was 2-3 with 2 home runs. Also, both Moroff and Wood each walked twice. Austin Meadows continued his turnaround going 1-4 scoring a run. Chris Bostick raised his batting average to .371 by going 2-4 with a base on balls. The Indians are now 19-18 for the season.
The Altoona Curve played the Binghampton Rumble Ponies. The Rumble Ponies are the Double-A affiliate of the New York Met’s organization. Starting for the Pittsburgh Pirates Double-A affiliate was righty Austin Coley. Coley completed 6 innings of work, giving up 3 runs on 3 hits, 1 walk, and 4 strikeouts. Jared Lakind followed Coley and had a very poor showing. He threw 1 inning and gave up 3 runs, 2 being earned. Buddy Borden was much better throwing 1 scoreless inning after Lakind. Borden has yet to give up a run in 18.1 innings this season. Montana DuRapau recorded his 7th save, throwing a scoreless 9th.
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The Pittsburgh Pirates Double-A affiliate posted 8 runs on 13 hits last night. Three players had multi-hit games. Kevin Newman was 2-5 with a RBI. Connor Joe was 2-4 with 2 triples in the game. Jordan Luplow added a 2 run home run in his only plate appearance as a pinch-hitter. He now has 7 on the season. Wyatt Mathison and Kevin Kramer both had doubles in the contest. The Curve are now 22-14 on the season.
The Bradenton Marauders took on the Daytona Tortugas of the Red’s organization. The Tortugas were victorious by a score of 9-8, rallying late in the game. Taylor Hearn started for the Marauders and had a tough outing. Hearn only lasted into the 4th inning and gave up 4 earned runs. In his 3.1 innings, he struck out 5 while walking 3. Yunior Montero relieved Hearn and struggled even more. Montero went 2.2 innings and gave up 5 earned runs. Hearn and Montero gave up all the runs in the game. Jess Amedee and Logan Sendelbach both threw scoreless frames.
The Pittsburgh Pirates High-A affiliate scored 8 runs on only 7 hits in the game. The Marauders had only 1 player with multiple hits. Will Craig was that 1 player, he was 2-5 in the game. The Pittsburgh Pirates 2016 first round pick had a solo home run in the game, giving him 3 this season. Outfielder Alfredo Reyes also had a home run, it was a 2 run shot. Cole Tucker was 1-5 in the game with a triple and a run scored. The Bradenton Marauders now have 25 wins and 15 losses this year.
*All Stats are Courtesy of milb.com and Baseball Reference