While Thursday night was a good night for the Pittsburgh Pirates, it was not a successful night for their minor league affiliates
For the first time this season the Pittsburgh Pirates had a failure of a night at the minor league level. Thursday night Pirate minor league affiliates went 0-3, while their MLB club defeated the Washington Nationals 9-4.
Tripe-A Indianapolis was off on Thursday night. The Double-A Altoona Curve suffered a 5-4 loss to the Richmond Flying Squirrels to fall to 2-4 on the season. In the loss, 2020 draft pick Carmen Mlodzinski made the start. Mlodzinski pitched 4 innings allowing 3 runs on 4 this, 2 walks, and a home run and 5 strikeouts.
Both the Curve bullpen and lineup struggled. Center fielder Matt Fraizer was 0-for-5 with 3 strikeouts. While he drew 3 walks, Nick Gonzales was 0-for-1 at the plate. Starting at DH Blake Sabol drove in a run, while outfielder Lolo Sanchez has hit a pair of home runs and driven in the other 3 Curve runs.
At the High-A level the Greensboro Grasshoppers fell to the Winston-Salem Dash 6-5. In the loss Adrian Florencio started, allowing a run on 4 hits 5 walks and 4 strikeouts. 2020 draft pick Logan Hofmann followed, allowing 3 runs, 2 earned, on 3 hits, 4 walks and 2 strikeouts.
At the plate outfielder Hudson Head, one of the big pieces in the Joe Musgrove trade, was 0-for-5 with 4 strikeouts. Shortstop Maikol Escotto was 1-for-5 and catcher Henry Dais was 0-for-4.
First baseman Ernny Ordonez drove in 3 runs. Om the night Ordonez collected a pair of hits and swatted his 1st home run of the season. Eli Wilson drove in the other Grasshopper run as part of a 0-for-1 with a RBI and a walk night.
For Low-A Bradenton Luis Oviedo walked 3 and struck a batter out in 1.1 innings of hitless, scoreless ball in a rehab outing. At the plate shortstop Tsung-Che Cheng was 2-for-2 with a RBI and a pair of walks.
First baseman Jacob Gonzalez was 3for-4 with a pair of RBI. Catcher Wyatt Hendrie was 2-for-3 with a RBI. Overall, it was a tough night for the Marauder offense as key cogs Sergio Campana, Rodolfo Nolasco, and Juan Jerez went a combined 0-for-14.