Rodolfo Nolasco stays hot, a big game from Jared Triolo, and more from Sunday's Pittsburgh Pirates minor league roundup
Entering the 5th inning the Triple-A Indianapolis Indians trailed the St. Paul Saints 2-0. The top farm club of the Pittsburgh Pirates exploded for 5 runs in the 5th inning, which sparked a 15-3 victory to improve to 18-20 on the season.
Jared Triolo helped lead the offensvie explosion for Indy. Starting at third base, Triolo went 3-for-5 with two doubles, two runs scored, and four RBI. Now that Triolo is healthy and starting to swing a hot bat, he could be in line for a MLB promotion sooner rather than later.
Chavez Young was 2-for-5 with two runs scored, three RBI, and his 3rd home run of the season. Malcolm Nuñez was 2-for-4 with a RBI and a walk, Cal Mitchell was 1-for-5 with a RBI and two runs scored. At the top of the lineup Nick Gonzales was 2-for-5 with a triple and three runs scored. Endy Rodriguez went 0-for-2, but drew three walks and score twice.
Caleb Smith started for Indy and turned in a rare non-disaster start. In 5 innings pitched, the veteran lefty allowed 3 runs on four hits, three walks, a home run, and nine strikeouts. Smith's ERA on the season is still an ugly 8.24.
J.C. Flowers followed Smith. Flowers retired all six batters he faced and struck out three in 2 perfect innings pitched. Daniel Zamora allowed three hits, but struck a batter out in a scoreless 8th inning. Carmen Mlodzinski then pitched a 1-2-3 9th inning with a strikeout.