In The System: Greensboro Offensive Explosion, Altoona Goes Deep in Loss

Photo Credit: Four Seam Images/Mike James

 It was a rough Fourth of July for the Pittsburgh Pirates' minor league teams, as three of the four teams lost. How did each team fare? A quick rundown of Sunday's action.

Indianapolis Indians 2, Iowa Cubs 5

Luis Oviedo began his rehab assignment on Sunday, pitching two innings, allowed two runs and struck out four. Recently signed Shelby Miller made his Indians debut, pitching 1 2/3 innings, allowed three runs and struck out a batter.

They eventually gave way to Beau Sulser, pitched the final 5 1/3 innings, striking out seven.

Christian Bethancourt his a solo home run, and Cole Tucker registered an RBI which accounted for the only runs of the day for Indy. TJ Rivera pitched in a pair hits himself.

Altoona Curve 6, Hartford Yard Goats 9

Brad Case started for the Curve, who were without Oneil Cruz once again. He pitched four innings allowed three runs and struck out two, getting a no decision.

Cal Mitchell was the star of the game for Altoona, going 3-for-5 with his ninth home of the season. Continuing his hot streak, Mason Martin went deep again, notching his 13th home run of the season, and fourth in two days.

Canaan Smith-Njigba also went 2-for-3 with a two-run home run to lead off the scoring for Altoona.

Greensboro Grasshoppers 13, Bowling Green Hot Rods 5

The lone win of the night for the Pirates farm teams, the Grasshoppers made it count with a 13-run offensive explosion. Just Liover Peguero was the only player in the lineup without a run batted in, but doubled himself.

Lolo Sanchez had him quite a game, scoring five runs, recording two hits, and stole two bases. The Grasshoppers had four players record multi-hits, including Matt Fraizer who also drove in two runs.

JC Flowers pitched six innings of one run baseball in which he struck out seven batters.

Bradenton Marauders 5, Fort Myers Mighty Mussels 6

A sacrifice fly in the bottom of the tenth by Willie Joe Gary Jr propelled the Mighty Mussels to a 6-5 win over the Marauders.

Jase Bowen and Yoyner Fajardo each went deep for the Marauders. For Bowen, it was his eighth of the season, Fajardo his first. Jared Jones, now in place as the team's Sunday starter, pitched four innings of four hit baseball in which he allowed three runs and struck out six batters.

Domingo Gonzalez came in relief and followed up Jones' performance with five innings of one unearned run baseball, striking out nine of his own.

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