Pittsburgh Pirates Prospects: Strong Start From Po-Yu Chen & More

Recapping Pirate minor league action from July 22nd, 2023
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A strong Po-Yu Chen start gets wasted at High-A, a three hit night for Jackson Glenn at Double-A, and more Pittsburgh Pirates minor league action

After scoring twice in the 8th inning the Triple-A Indianapolis Indians appeared to be on their way to victory. However, a 3-run 9th inning would sink the top farm club of the Pittsburgh Pirates in a 5-3 walk off loss against the Iowa Cubs. With the loss, Indy is now 44-50 on the season.

Jared Jones started for Indy and was flashing his elite stuff, including a fastball that was touching 99 MPH. In 4 innings pitched, Jones allowed 2 runs on three hits, two walks, and four strikeouts. He threw 45 of 70 pitches for strikes, but also hit two batters.

Travis MacGregor followed with 3 terrific innings of relief. In 3 scoreless innings, MacGregor allowed three hits, issued a walk, and struck out three. Cody Bolton took over and pitched a scoreless 8th inning, before allowing 3 runs in the 9th leading to the walk off loss.

Offensively, outside of a pair of home runs, it was a struggle for the Indians.

Josh Palacios was 2-for-4 with a solo home run, his 6th at the Triple-A level this season, and catcher Grant Koch was 2-for-3 with a 2-run home run, giving him 4. An Alika Williams double, Miguel Andújar single, and a Chase Bissonette single were the only other hits for Indy.