Four hits for Endy Rodriguez helped carry the Pittsburgh Pirates top farm club to a victory on Monday night
While things did not go well for the Pittsburgh Pirates on Memorial Day, their top farm club was victorious. The Triple-A Indianapolis Indians defeated the Toldedo Mud Hens 12-6 to improve to 24-27 on the season.
Endy Rodriguez helped lead the way for the Indy offense. Rodriguez was 4-for-5 with three runs scored and he drove in a run. Watching one of the top catching prospects in all of baseball ahve a four-hit night at Triple-A while the Pittsburgh Pirates collapse and get nothing out of the catcher position is, well, annoying.
Third baseman Nick Gonzalez also had a big offense night for Indianapolis. Gonzales was 2-for-5 with a pair of doubles, a walk, two runs scored, and two RBI. It was a needed strong game from Indy's lead off hitter who had been struggling and striking out a lot in recent games.
Canaan Smith-Njigba also had a good offensive night, going 2-for-6 with a triple, two runs scored and a run driven in. Cal Mitchell was 2-for-4 with a double, walk, two runs scored, and two RBI. Jared Triolo, Mark Mathias, and Chavez Young all had a base hit as well.
Lefty J.C. Flowers worked as an opener for Indy and took his lumps. Flowers pitched 1.1 innings, allowing 2 runs on five hits, a walk, and three strikeouts. Hunter Stratton got the final two outs of the 2nd inning, before bulk man Kent Emanuel allowed a solo home run while walking one and striking out five in 5 innings pitched.
Righty John O'Reilly pitched the 8th inning and struggled. O'Reilly allowed 3 runs on two hits, a walk, a home run, and a strikeout. He was also called for a pitch clock violation, while throwing 18 of 29 pitches for strikes. Ryan Borucki pitched a scoreless 9th inning in which he walked a batter.