Quinn Priester dominated, a multi-hit game for Lonnie White Jr., and more Pittsburgh Pirates minor league action
The top farm club of the Pittsburgh Pirates was victorious on Saturday night. Triple-A Indianapolis Indians defeated the Columbus Clippers 3-1. With the win, the Indians improved to 33-40 on the season.
Quinn Priester started for Indy and set the tone. In his best start yet at Triple-A and one of the best of his entire professional career, Priester struck out 11 batters while pitching 6 scoreless innings. Priester allowed just three hits, walked two, threw 61 of 96 pitches for strikes, and induced seven ground ball outs.
This outing lowered Priester's ERA on the season to 4.36 in 74.1 innings pitched. He's walked 32 batters, struck out 76, and has allowed just 5 home runs. At some point this season the Pirates need to put Priester into the starting rotation to see what he can do.
Yohan Ramirez followed Priester, allowing a hit in a scoreless inning. Ramirez also hit two batters. Lefty Daniel Zamora pitched a 1-2-3 8th innings with two strikeouts. Hunter Stratton allowed a solo home run and issued a walk in the 9th, but slammed the door shut to earn his 1st save of the season.
Offensively, Canaan Smith-Njigba led the way for Indy. Smith-Njigba was 2-for-4 with a 2-run home run to give him 8 on the season. His home run took a 1-0 8th inning lead for Indy and made it 3-0, helping to put the game away.
Endy Rodriguez was 0-for-3 with a RBI, Chris Owings was 2-for-3 with a walk, and Jared Triolo stayed hot going 1-for-4 with a double. Mark Mathias had a single and drew a walk, while Alika Williams also collected a base hit.