In The System: Indianapolis wins rain shortened contest, Bradenton offense explodes

Photo Credit: Picture courtesy of the Pittsburgh Pirates

 It's the last day of the All-Star break in the major leagues, but the minor league season has been raging on. How did the teams in the Pittsburgh Pirates system fare Thursday night? Here is the run down of the action from July 15.

Indianapolis Indians 4, Omaha Storm Chasers 3

The Indians used a three-run fifth inning to give them the lead in the nick of time. A storm delayed, and then later caused them to call it a wraps altogether as they were able to play the minimum amount to be considered a full game.

Dee Strange-Gordon continued to hit, driving home a run on an RBI double. T.J. Rivera drove in two of his own, and Bligh Madris also recorded an RBI double.

Max Kranick started for the Indians, making his return to Triple-A after his spot appearances for the Pirates last Saturday. He pitched four innings, allowing one run on three hits while striking out a batter. Shelby Miller got his first win of the season pitching in the fifth inning. It wasn't the cleanest of innings, as he allowed two runs, one earned, on a hit and a walk.

Altoona Curve 3, Binghamton Rumble Ponies 4,

Righty Trey McGough pitched strong in a no-decision, throwing seven innings of one-run baseball with four strikeouts. John O'Reilly came in and surrendered the lead, allowing three runs in his lone inning of work.

Jonah Davis hit his seventh home run of the season, and Canaan Smith-Njigba stayed hot with a two-run shot of his own. Josh Bissonette went 2-for-4 with a run and a walk batting in the two-hole.

Greensboro Grasshoppers 0, Rome Braves 4

The Grasshoppers offense struggled, registering just four hits on the night, dropping their Thursday game against the Braves 4-0. Jared Triolo recorded half of the teams hits, and Andres Alvarez stole two bases on the night. Matt Gorski showed good patience on the night, drawing two free bases. 

In his first start in High-A, Santiago Florez got past a rough first inning to throw five innings, striking out three on the night. He issued a walk, a single, a two-run triple followed by a sacrifice fly in four consecutive at bats to fall behind 2-0 in the bottom of the first.

Bradenton Marauders 11, Daytona Tortugas 1

Francisco Acuna and Yoyner Fajardo each collected two hits and drove in two runs at the bottom of the lineup, while Hudson Head hit a two-run home run as the lead off hitter as the Marauders offense exploded for 11 runs.

Kyle Wilkie hit his first home run of the season, with Jase Bowen also pitching in a double. Domingo Gonzalez got back into the rotation after making his last four appearances out of the bullpen, and struck out 10 across six innings pitched.

Eddy Yean struck out five batters in three innings to earn his first save of the season. A hit batted was the only baserunner he allowed across his three frames of work.

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