In The System: Mason Martin Stays Hot, Logan Hofmann Shines in Bradenton
It wasn't a pretty site at the major league level, so how did the minor league teams perform in the Pittsburgh Pirates system? Here's a rundown of the action for July 9.
Indianapolis Indians 4, Columbus Clippers 9
Dee Strange-Gordon hit a two-run home run, Hunter Owen went 2-for-4 and Fabricio Macias went 3-for-4 with a run driven in, a stolen base and two runs scored. A recent call up to Indy, Macias has posted a .917 OPS in his time with the Indians.
Luis Oviedo made his second rehab start and surrendered four earned runs in 1 2/3 innings pitched. Shelby Miller struck out five batters in two innings of relief. Cody Ponce, rejoining Indianapolis after a start with Pittsburgh, pitched the final three frames and allowed three runs himself.
Game 1: Altoona Curve 6, Akron RubberDucks 2
Trey McGough got a no decision despite pitching five innings of one earned run baseball, striking out two. Shea Murray came in and pitched a single inning of relief, picking up his second win of the season for the Curve.
Arden Pabst hit a solo home run, his third of the season while going 2-for-3. Canaan Smith-Njigba hit a three run home run in the sixth inning to extend the lead to 6-2 where it would stay for the rest of the game.
Game 2: Altoona Curve 1, Akron RubberDucks 4
Mason Martin represented the entire offense for the Curve. Like all of it. His solo home run - his 16th of the season - was the only run of the game for Altoona. The two hits he collected, also the only on the board for the home team.
Osvaldo Bido started for Altoona, and struck out eight batters in 4 2/3 innings pitched. John O'Reilly pitched the final 2 1/3 frames, giving up two runs of his own while getting three punch outs.
Greensboro Grasshoppers 4, Asheville Tourist 2
Grant Ford started and pitched three shutout innings to go along his six strikeouts. Bear Bellomy followed and proceeded to record strikeouts on five of the six outs he recorded, getting the win in the process. In his first game since getting called up from Bradenton, Cameron Junker threw two innings himself before giving way to Oliver Garcia who earned his sixth save of the season.
Offensively, the Grasshoppers went deep three times, with Jared Triolo, Matt Gorski, and Lolo Sanchez all making uninterrupted trips around the bases. Each Gorski and Triolo recorded multi-hits in the victory.
Bradenton Marauders 4, Clearwater Threshers 3
The night after Nick Garcia had his best start of his professional career, another 2020 draft pick shined in a Marauders victory. Logan Hofmann pitched six shutout innings, striking out five along the way. Unfortunately he received just a no decision as Eddy Yean would pick up his fourth win of the season after coming in relief.
Yean threw 2 1/3 innings, allowed three runs while punching out two and walking another two. Emmanuel Mejia got the final two outs to get his sixth save of the season.
Hudson Head hit his eighth home run of the season, a two-run shot in the bottom of the seventh innings. Endy Rodriguez would add another run for the Marauders in the eighth with an RBI single that scored Maikol Escotto.
Bradenton was aggressive on the base paths, with Escotto and Sammy Siani each swiping two bags a piece.
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