Pittsburgh Pirates Prospects: J.P. Massey, Braxton Ashcraft Pitch Well in First Start at New Level

Strong starting pitching performances in their debuts at new levels highlight Wednesday's Pirate minor league action
Minnesota's J.P. Massey (40) looks to the dugout during a NCAA Big Ten Conference baseball game
Minnesota's J.P. Massey (40) looks to the dugout during a NCAA Big Ten Conference baseball game / Joseph Cress/Iowa City Press-Citizen via
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Three big innings carry High-A Greensboro to victory

High-A Greensboro defeated the Winston-Salem Dash 11-2. With the win, the Grasshoppers improved to 35-28 on the season. A 3-run 1st inning, 4-run 5th inning, and a 4-run 8th inning are what carried the Grasshoppers to victory.

Tsung-Che Cheng drew a one-out walk in the 1st inning and Mike Jarvis singled with two outs, scoring Cheng to make the score 1-0. Jase Bowen then hit a 2-run home run, his 13th of the season, to make the score 3-0 Grasshoppers.

The 5th inning saw Maikol Escotto single to start the inning ahead of a Tres Gonzalez walk. Will Matthiessen singled, Jarvis tripled, and Bowen hit a sacrifice fly, running the score to 7-0 Grasshoppers.

The 4-run 8th inning started when Bowen struck out with one out but reached second base on a throwing error by Winston-Salem catcher Ivan Gonzalez. Eli Wilson doubled home Bowen, Brenden Dixon walked, and Escotto with a 3-run home run.

Making his first start at the High-A level, J.P. Massey picked up where he left off at in Low-A. Massey allowed three hits in 5 scoreless innings pitched. While he issued four walks, he also struck out four batters.

Mitchell Miller allowed 2 runs on two hits and a strikeout in 1.1 innings pitched. Santiago Florez allowed a hit and struck out a pair while getting the final two outs of the 7th inning. Yunior Thibo pitched a scoreless 8th inning and Eddy Yean a scoreless 9th.

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