Some notable players in the Pirates’ system went deep Thursday as the minor league affiliates went 3-1.
Ke’Bryan Hayes, Kevin Kramer and Will Craig all homered Thursday en route to an 8-7 Indianapolis win over the Louisville bats.
Hayes’ homer was his second on the season and his 20th extra-base hit on the campaign (17 doubles, one triple). Craig’s round tripper moves him into a tie for 5th in the International League with 12 dingers.
Eduardo Vera got the win to improve to 3-3, allowing five runs- four earned- in five innings pitched. He was tagged for six hits, did not walk a batter and struck out a pair.
Jake Brentz worked around two hits in the ninth to get the save. His four saves this season have come in his last four outings.
The Curve fell under .500 (22-23) Thursday after losing to the New Hampshire Fisher Cats 7-2.
Starter Scooter Hightower (2-5) allowed five runs on seven hits and two walks Thursday. He has been in a rough patch of late, allowing at least five earned runs in three of his previous four outings.
Logan Hill had another good day at the plate, going 2-4 with two doubles. His 13 doubles this year are tied for second in the Eastern League.
The Marauders only had three extra-base hits on the night- all doubles- but they were still able to get into the double-digits against the Tampa Tarpons in a 10-2 victory.
Domingo Robbles (5-5) went six innings, allowing both runs on four hits and three walks, striking out five. In his 10 outings this season, nine have been a quality start.
The Mauraders stole five bases on the night, including two each from Travis Swaggerty (now 9 for 11 on steal attempts) and Chris Sharpe (10 for 14). Sharpe also doubled and Swaggerty went 1-4 with a walk.
Mason Martin continues to crush the ball in Greensboro, clubbing a home run and a triple in a 6-5 Grasshopper win over the West Virginia Power.
Martin’s 12th home run now puts him in a tie for second among South Atlantic League batters. His 89 total bases ranks third in the league.
22 ear old righty Brad Case was able to survive two rough innings to improve to 7-1 on the year. Taking a 4-0 lead into the bottom of the third, Case allowed three runs in the third and a pair in the fourth to fall behind 5-4. The Grasshoppers were able to retake the lead on a run scoring error and double-play in the fifth and sixth, respectively.