Jared Jones had a strong start for Altoona, Endy Rodriguez hit a home run at Triple-A, and more Pittsburgh Pirates minor league action from Thursday
The only minor league affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates that was defeated on Thursday were the Triple-A Indianapolis Indians.
The lone run of the night for Indianapolis came off the bat of catcher Endy Rodriguez. The solo home run, his 3rd of the season, was the lone hit of the night for one of the top catching prospects in all of baseball.
Veteran lefty Caleb Smith started for Indy, and allowed just one hit in 5 innings pitched. However, the lone hit Smith allowed was a home run. He walked a pair, struck out, and allowed 2 runs in his 5 innings on the mound.
Carmen Mlodzinski pitched the 6th inning, walking a batter, allowing two hits, and striking out two. Mlodzinski was burnt by poor defense, though. Nick Gonzales committed both a throwing and fielding error at shortstop in the inning, leading to Mlodzinski surrendering 3 unearned runs.
Angel Perdomo also allowed an unearned run, depsite striking out the side in the 7th inning. Cody Bolton allowed a hit and also struck out the side while pitching a scoreless 8th inning.
As a team, Indy went 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position and left six runners on base. Gonzales was 0-for-4 with two strikeouts and Miguel Andújar was 0-for-4. Malcolm Nuñez and Cal Mitchell both went 1-for-4, while Ryan Vilade was 2-for-4. Center fielder Chaez Young also had a base knock.