Travis Swaggerty hits a home run at Triple-A, Carmen Mlodzinski turns in a strong start at Double-A and more in Wednesday’s Pittsburgh Pirates minor league roundup
Wednesday night the Triple-A Indianapolis Indians started a four-game series against the Iowa Cubs. The Indians took a 4-1 loss, falling to 38-40 on the season, in a game that saw former Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Steven Brault pick up a victory for Iowa.
Jerad Eickhoff started for the Indians and turned in a strong start. Eickhoff pitched 7 innings, allowing a run on 4 hits, no walks and 7 strikeouts. Lefty Aaron Fletcher followed Eickhoff. Despite allowing a hit and walking a pair, Fletcher pitched a scoreless inning of relief.
Cam Alldred was next up for the Indians and let things get away. Alldred allowed a hit, walked a batter, and recorded just one out. He would all 2 runs, and Cristofer Melendez pitched after him allowing a solo home run.
Kevin Newman continued his rehab assignment, battling leadoff and playing second base for Indy. Newman went 1-for-4 on the night. Also on a rehab assignment, Jake Marisnick started in left field going 0-for-2 with a walk.
Ji-Hwan Bae went 2-for-4 as the team’s designated hitter. Travis Swaggerty was 1-for-4 with a solo home run. This gives him 7 home runs this season at Triple-A. Hopefully, the Pittsburgh Pirates will give Swaggerty a real look at the major league level soon.