Pittsburgh Pirates Prospects: Roansy Contreras, Anthony Solometo Toe the Rubber

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Roansy Contreras and Anthony Solometo both turned in promising starts as part of Thursday's Pittsburgh Pirates minor league action

The Triple-A Indianapolis Indians fell to the Toledo Mud Hens by a score of 7-2. With the loss, the top farm club of the Pittsburgh Pirates is now 60-72 on the season. Despite the loss, there was an encouraging starting pitching performance.

Returning to the mound after a minor injury scare, Roansy Contreras pitched 4 innings for Triple-A Indianapolis on Wednesday night. Contreras allowed 2 runs on four hits, no walks, a home run, and four strikeouts. He threw 35 of 56 pitches for a strike.

Contreras has now pitched 20 innings for Indy since returning to the Triple-A level. In those 20 innings he's posted a 3.15 ERA while allowing 14 hits, he's walked 6, and struck out 19. It would not be a shocker to see him return to the majors once the Triple-A season ends.

John O'Reilly followed Contreras by pitching 2 innings. O'Reilly allowed a run on 2 hits, a solo home run, no walks, and 4 strikeouts. Beau Sulser then allowed 4 runs on 5 hits, a home run, and 3 strikeouts in 3 innings pitched.

For the second time this week both Chris Owings (12th) and Nick Gonzales (10th) hit a home run in the same game. Owings finished 2-for-4 with a walk and Gonzales was 1-for-4 with a walk. Domingo Leyba was 1-for-2 with a double and a pair of walks, Mason Martin was 1-for-3 with a walk, and Canaan Smith-Njigba was 1-for-4.