Pirates minor league report: June 26, 2018
INDIANAPOLIS (Triple-A, 42-33) won 7-1 over Toledo (Tigers). Despite being outhit 10-8, the Indians were able to limit the runs. The Indians led from the beginning, scoring two in the first and five in the third, and gave up the one run in the ninth. SS Max Moroff (.256) and 3B Kevin Kramer (.278) each had a double, Kramer bringing in a couple of runs. RF Jordan Luplow (.279) and DH Erich Weiss (.244) homered with two-run shots. Starting RHP Tyler Eppler (8-3, 3.14 ERA) pitched 6 1⁄3 scoreless innings with four strikeouts in the win.
Next: Wednesday at Toledo, 7:05 p.m.
ALTOONA (Double-A, 39-33) won 1-0 over Harrisburg (Nationals) in the first game of the doubleheader. The Curve scored one in the first which ended up proving to be enough as there was not much offense in the seven inning game, with Harrisburg outhitting the Curve 4-3. 3B Ke’Bryan Hayes (.270) went 1 for 3 with a triple. LF Bryan Reynolds (.271) brought in the only run with an RBI single, scoring SS Cole Tucker (.243). Starting LHP Taylor Hearn (3-5, 3.28 ERA) pitched a shutout, striking out seven. The Curve won 1-0 over Harrisburg in Game 2. This time the Curve scored in the second inning and were able to hold on from there with little offense, each team recording just three hits. 3B Jordan George (.298) went 2 for 2 and brought in the only run on the day with an RBI double. 2B Stephen Alemais (.257) had the other hit for the Curve, going 1 for 2 with a single, walk and stolen base. RHP Yeudy Garcia (1-2, 6.31 ERA) got the win in relief, going two innings, giving up just one hit with two strikeouts.
Next: Wednesday vs. Harrisburg, 7 p.m.
BRADENTON (High-A, 36-34) lost 8-3 to Palm Beach (Cardinals). The Marauders were productive offensively, totaling 11 team hits by eight of nine batters, but struggled to bring in runs. RF Casey Hughston (.169) had a big day, going 2 for 4 with a double and triple. 2B Albert Baur (.302) went 1 for 5 with a double. And C Arden Pabst (.248) and 2B Mitchell Tolman (.306) each tripled with their only hits of the game, Tolman bringing in a run. Starting RHP Luis Escobar (5-6, 4.40 ERA) struggled in his five innings pitched, giving up six runs, five earned, but had seven strikeouts in the loss. After the Curve walked two in a row with two outs, RHP Montana DuRapau (0-1, 2.45 ERA) came in for the last out, a strikeout, to close the game, giving him his second save of the season.
Next: Wednesday at Palm Beach, 6:30 p.m.
WEST VIRGINIA (Low-A, 41-29) game against Lakewood (Phillies) was cancelled because of inclement weather.
Next: Wednesday vs. Hickory (Rangers), 7:05 p.m.
WEST VIRGINIA (Short Season-A, 5-7) lost 9-3 to Auburn (Nationals). The Black Bears dug themselves too big of a hole, giving up six runs in the third inning. This year’s first-round pick, CF Travis Swaggerty (.357), went 2 for 4 with a double. 1B Eric Wood (.333) hit a two-run homer and had a walk and stolen base. Starting RHP Osvaldo Bido (1-2, 8.16 ERA) took the loss, pitching just 2 2⁄3 innings, giving up six earned runs with two strikeouts.
Next: Thursday vs. Mahoning Valley (Indians), 7:05 p.m.
WASHINGTON (Frontier League, 25-15) beat Windy City, 3-2, in 11 innings. Wild Things RF Hector Roa went 2 for 4 with three RBIs and a double. Sam Mersing got the win with one walk and one strikeout in the final inning.
Next: Wednesday vs. Windy City, 7:05 p.m.