Pittsburgh Pirates Prospects: Kevin Newman Walk Off & More

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Aug 21, 2021; St. Louis, Missouri, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop Kevin Newman (27) reacts after hitting a solo home run against the St. Louis Cardinals during the third inning at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Puetz-USA TODAY Sports /

While the Pittsburgh Pirates did not play on Monday, it was a busy day for their minor league affiliates on Independence Day

If Monday felt a bit weird it may be because the Pittsburgh Pirates were not playing baseball on the 4th of July. Instead, it was an off day ahead of starting a two-game series against the New York Yankees.

While the Pirates had the day off, it was a busy day for their minor league affiliates. While Double-A Altoona had their game postponed, the organization’s other three minor league clubs played on Monday. This included a 5-4 walk off victory for the Triple-A Indianapolis Indians who are now 38-39 on the season.

In what may have been his final rehab start, Kevin Newman walked it off for the Indians. His walk off single capped off a 2-run 10th inning. It was part of a 3-for-5 night for Newman that also saw him draw a walk. Newman now has a .926 OPS during his rehab assignment and could re-join the Pittsburgh Pirates as soon as Tuesday.

Ji-Hwan Bae was in the two-hole behind Newman and went 2-for-4 with a walk and a run scored. Another player continuing their rehab assignment was Jake Marisnick who started in right field and went 2-for-5 with a double and a run scored.

Designated hitter Cal Mitchell was 2-for-4 with a walk and 2 RBI. Travis Swaggerty hit his 4th triple of the season. It was also a multi-hit night for Mason Martin who finished the game 2-for-5 with a run scored.

Osvaldo Bido started for the Indians, allowing 3 runs on 6 hits, 2 walks, a home runs allowed and 3 strikeouts in 5 innings pitched. Dillon Peters, in potentially his final rehab outing, pitching a scoreless inning out of the bullpen. Eric Handhold also pitched a scoreless inning, while Joe Jaques pitched 1.2 scoreless innings. John O’Reilly pitched the final 1.1 innings of the game, surrendering an unearned run when the Iowa Cub runner who started the 10th inning on base came around to score.