Roansy Contreras struggled, Cam Junker stepped up for the Curve, and more from Sunday's Pittsburgh Pirates minor league roundup
As their season begins to wind down, the Triple-A Indianapolis Indians are now back to being 10 games under .500. Following an 11-5 loss against the Omaha Storm Chasers on Sunday, the top farm club of the Pittsburgh Pirates is now 66-76 on the season.
As we discussed on the site on Sunday, the current starting pitching situation for the Pirates is embarrassing. A lack of starting pitching depth is also spilling down to Triple-A, causing Indy to have to use openers with regularity. Sunday's opener was Dauri Moreta who allowed 2 runs on two hits, four walks, and two strikeouts in 2 innings pitched.
Roansy Contreras followed Moreta and was hit hard. In 4 innings pitched, he allowed 6 runs on nine hits, three home runs allowed, no walks, and three strikeouts. Contreras had mostly pitched well at Triple-A, even though his velocity was still down. Sunday afternoon, that down velocity finally caught up to him once again. A very long, but very important offseason is ahead for Contreras.
John O'Reilly allowed 3 runs, but only 1 earned due to a Domingo Leyba error, in the 7th inning. Osvaldo Bido followed O'Reilly, allowing a hit and striking a batter out while pitching a scoreless 8th inning.
Matt Gorski continues his strong finish to the season by hitting his 3rd home run with Indy, raising his OPS at the Triple-A level to .893. Nick Gonzales was 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles, two runs scored, and a RBI. Ryan Vilade was 1-for-5 with an RBI, Mason Martin was 1-for-4 with a run scored, and Malcom Nuñez was 0-for-3 with a walk.