Bubba Chandler continues to struggle, a big rehab game for Ji Man Choi including a go-ahead home run, and more Pittsburgh Pirates minor league action
Late inning runs sparked the Triple-A Indianapolis to a 10-8 victory over the Louisville Bats on Friday night. With the win, the top farm club of the Pittsburgh Pirates is now 35-42 on the season.
Entering the 8th inning Indy trailed 8-5. After scoring twice in the 8th inning and then plating 3 more runs in the 9th inning, the Indians were able to take down the Bats. Endy Rodriguez walked to start the 8th inning and scored on a Ji Man Choi triple. Choi was then able to score on a wild pitch, cutting the deficit to 8-7.
The 9th inning started with Vinny Capra reaching on an error. Rodriguez singled, and Choi then launched a go-ahead 3-run home run. Choi's blast made the score 10-8 Indians, Choi should return to the MLB club soon.
Choi finished the game 3-for-5 with the triple and home run mentioned, as well as a walk, two runs scored, and four RBI. Rodriguez went 1-for-4 with two walks, a RBI, and two runs scored. Cal Mitchell was 1-for-5 with a walk, double, RBI, and a run scored.
Alika Williams started at second base going 2-for-5 with his 3rd home run of the season, a run scored, and a RBI. Canaan Smith-Njigba was 2-for-4 with a walk and a run scored. Chris Owings bat lead off and went 0-for-3, but he also drew three walks and drove in a run.
Yohan Ramirez worked as an opener, allowing a hit and striking out two in a scoreless 1st inning. Kyle Nicolas was the bulk guy allowing 5 runs on five hits, three walks, a home run, and nine strikeouts in in 4 innings pitched. Nicolas also hit two batters and threw a wild pitch.
Colin Selby was next up. Selby recorded just one out while allowing 2 run on four hits and a walk. Lefty Daniel Zamora allowed a run on two hits in 1 inning pitched. Travis MacGregor finished things off issuing a walk and stirking out four in 2.2 hitless, scoreless innings pitched.