Travis Swaggerty continues to get on base at Triple-A, a wild extra inning victory for Bradenton and more in Sunday’s Pittsburgh Pirates minor league roundup
Sunday afternoon saw the Triple-A Indianapolis Indians defeat the Louisville Bats 11-8. With the win, the top farm club of the Pittsburgh Pirates improved to 51-52 on the season while capping off a 5-2 week against the Bats.
Travis Swaggerty started in right field for the Indians and went 0-for-1. However, Swaggerty drew four walks and scored a run. This performance raised his OPS on the season at Triple-A to .784 and his on-base percentage to .352. Swaggerty continues to push to be re-called by the Pittsburgh Pirates and given a legitimate look in the outfield.
In the leadoff spot Hoy Park was 0-for-4, but he drew a walk and drove in a pair of runs. Diego Castillo was 2-for-4 with a walk and two RBI. Jared Oliva hit a pair of doubles, while also drawing a walk, scoring two runs and driving in a run. Mason Martin was 0-for-2 with three walks and Rodolfo Castro was 0-for-4 with a run scored and a walk.
Jerad Eickhoff started for the Indians and struggled. The veteran righty allow 5 runs on eight hits, a walk and four strikeouts in 3.2 innings pitched. Cam Alldred got the final out of the 4th inning, Nick Mears then surrendered a run on two hits and a walk while getting the first two outs of the 5th inning.
Noe Toribio followed Mears and allowed 2 runs while walking three batters, hitting a batter and striking out a pair in 2.2 innings pitched. Eric Handhold pitched 2 perfect innings of relief to finish off the game for the Indians.