Pittsburgh Pirates Prospects: Strong Start From Nick Garcia & More

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Pittsburgh Pirates High-A affiliate picks up a victory

The High-A Greensboro Grasshoppers improved to 13-16 on the season with a 7-1 victory over the Hickory Crawdads. Batting in the two hole shortstop Maikol Escotto was 1-for-4 with a walk and a run scored. Designated hitter Matt Gorski was 1-for-5 with a triple and 2 RBI.

Jacob Gonzalez remained red hot at the plate going 2-for-4. Gonzalez also scored a pair of runs. Center fielder Hudson Head continued his much needed bounce back season by going 2-for-3 with a walk. Entering the season Head’s prospect status was wavering, but he has responded by posting an OPS of .800 thus far. Ernny Ordonez also got in on the offensive fun by hitting his 3rd home run of the season.

Nick Garcia started for the Grasshoppers and turned in his best start of the season. Garcia pitched 4.2 scoreless inning, allowing 3 hits, walking 2 batters, and striking out 4. In 21 innings pitched this season Garcia now has a 4.71 ERA and 26 strikeouts.

Pitching in relief of Garcia the Marauder bullpen was terrific. Jack Carey allowed a hit and struck out 3 in 2 scoreless innings pitched. Michell Miliano, who was acquired by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the Adam Frazier trade, pitched a scoreless inning. While Logan Hofmann allowed a run on a pair of hits, Eddy Yean finished off the 9th inning by retiring the final two batters of the game.