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All Hands On Deck: Tough Night For Starters

MLB: Pittsburgh Pirates-Media Day Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

It wasn’t the best night for starting pitchers in the Pirates’ farm system Friday, but the affiliates were able to manage a 2-2 record.


Eduardo Vera (pictured above) was roughed up early, allowing five runs in the first three innings pitched, but he was able to regain his footing and retire his last 11 batters faced to last six frames. That effort was enough to earn a win (2-3) in a 6-5 Indianapolis victory over the Norfolk Tides.

Trayvon Robinson delivered the big hit of the night with a three run homer in the fourth. Dovydas Neverauskas struck out a pair in a two inning save (4). Lonnie Chisenhall got the night off.


Scooter Hightower (2-4) was tagged for a run in each of his three innings of work- six in total- in a 7-5 Curve loss to the Harrisburg Senators. The righty surrendered a pair of homers.

Logan Hill had a double and 3 RBI as a part of his three hit night. Yeudy Garcia struck out three and allowed one run in his three innings of work. It was a nice bounce back performance after allowing a combined 13 runs in 4 IP in his last three outings.


Max Kranick’s (1-5) started strong before a five run fourth inning, ending his night prematurely in a 9-1 Marauders loss to the Palm Beach Cardinals. It’s Kranick’s third straight start where he has allowed at least four earned runs in less than 5 innings pitched.

Travis Swaggerty went 2-5 with a triple. Left fielder Chris Sharpe had three hits and picked up his eighth steal.


The best start of the night in the farm system came from Alex Manasa (4-0), who struck out eight in seven innings in an 8-3 Grasshoppers win over the Lakewood BlueClaws. He allowed a pair of homers, but limited the damage to just three runs.

The Grasshoppers hit four home runs on the night, coming from designated hitter Patrick Dorrian (4), Fabricio Macias (5), Mason Martin (9) and Grant Koch (2). Martin’s nine home runs are third in the South Atlantic League, trailing teammate Rodolfo Castro (11) and the Rangers’ Sam Huff (15).