Anthony Solometo pitched 4 more scoreless inning, Abrahan Guiterrez hit his first Double-A home run, and more Pittsburgh Pirates minor league action from Sunday
Sunday afternoon saw the top farm club of the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Triple-A Indianapolis Indians, get rained out. At the Double-A level, the Altoona Curve defeated the Richmond Flying Squirrels 5-4 in 10 innings to improve to 30-25 on the season.
Kyle Nicolas started for Altoona, allowing 2 runs on two hits, a walk, and a home run allowed. Nicolas also struck out four batters in his 4 innings pitched. He threw 48 of 77 pitches for strikes, and had both three ground ball and fly ball outs.
Brad Case and Noe Toribio each allowed a hit in a scoreless innings pitched, this included a strikeout by Toribio. Lefty Tyler Samaniego continued to struggle allowing 2 runs in the 7th inning, raising his ERA on the season to 6.65. Travis MacGregor allowed two hits and struck out five in 3 scoreless innings pitched.
Through the first 7 innings of the game the Curve offense was scuffling and had scored just 1 run. Liover Peguero picked up his lone hit of the game with a RBI single in the 8th inning, cutting the deficit to 4-2. Then in the 9th inning, catcher Abrahan Gutierrez hit his 1st home run at the Double-A level to tie the game at 4.
Lolo Sanchez singled to start the top of the 10th inning to put runners on the corners with no one out. Claudio Finol laid down a sarifice bunt that scored the game's go ahead run. MacGregor then slammed the door shut in the bottom of the 10th for a Curve victory.