Three home runs from the Altoona Curve, a bizarre 9th inning in a victory for High-A Greensboro, and more from the Pittsburgh Pirates minor league affiliates
Tuesday night was a wild one for the minor league affiliates of the Pittsburgh Pirates. It started with a wild extra innings affair for the Triple-A Indianapolis Indians. Despite rallying from deficits in the bottom of the 9th,10th, and 11th innings, the Indians fell 10-6 in 12 innings. This loss snapped their five-game winning streak, dropping them to 5-5 on the season.
Entering the 9th inning the Indians were trailing 3-1. Malcolm Nuñez singled to start the inning, Nick Gonzales walked, Miguel Andújar walked, and the bases were loaded with no one out. Cal Mitchell then singled in a pair to tie the game at 3. After Chris Owings struck out looking, Chavez Young hit into an inning-ending double play to send the game to extra innings.
In the bottom of the 10th inning, Indy would rally again. Trailing 4-3, Young, who was the runner on second base to start the inning, advanced to third base on a fly out by Travis Swaggerty. Young then came around to score on an Endy Rodriguez sacrifice fly, tying the game at 4.
The game remained drunk in the 11th inning. After John O'Reilly allowed a pair of runs in the top half of the inning, a double by Nuñez and a single by Mitchell plated a pair of runs for Indy to tie the game at 6 and send things to a 12th inning.
Unfortunately, the 12th inning is when the drunkness of the game would end for Indy. St. Paul plated 4 runs in the top half of the inning to take a 10-6 lead. Even though Aaron Shackelford drew a walk to start the inning putting two men on with no one out, the Indians failed to capitalize any further leading to a loss.