Pittsburgh Pirates Prospects: Strong Pitching in the Lower Levels & More

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Strong pitching performances in the lower minors highlighted Friday's Pittsburgh Pirates minor league action

Friday night's Pittsburgh Pirates minor league action featured a 9-6 victory for the Triple-A Indianapolis Indians over the Iowa Cubs. With the win, the top farm club of the Pirates is now 44-49 on the season.

Andre Jackson started for Indy, allowing 2 runs on two hits, three walks, and three strikeouts in 1.2 innings pitched. Lefty Kent Emanuel was the bulk guy, allowing 3 runs on four hits, two walks, a home run and eight strikeouts in 4.2 innings pitched.

Chase De Jong allowed two hits, walked a batter, and struck a batter out in 2/3 of a scoreless inning. Rob Zastryzny pitched a scoreless 8th inning, and Juan Minaya allowed a solo home run while striking out two in the 9th.

Middle infielder Alika Williams keeps swinging a good bat for Indy. The shortstop was 3-for-4 with his 7th home run of the season, a walk, a double, three RBI, and three runs scored. Jason Delay was 1-for-3 with a walk and a RBI, Rodolfo Castro was 1-for-5 with two RBI and a run scored, and Chris Owings was 1-for-4 with a walk and a solo home run.