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Pirates first base prospect Will Craig
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Greensboro, owner of the system’s best record, is the only team that fails to win on Sunday

Triple-A

Indianapolis (27-19) scored in six different innings as they won 11-5 at Columbus (27-20)

22 year old right-hander Luis Escobar (1.19 ERA in 22 23 IP) made his second start of the season and allowed only one hit in four innings, Adam Rosales’ lead-off home run in the first. He walked two and struck out six. Jesus Liranzo (7.54 ERA in 22 23 IP) followed, allowing three runs in 2 2/23, including a pair of home runs.

Will Craig (271/356/560) led the Indians’ offense with three hits and three RBI in four at bats, including his 14th home run. J.B. Shuck had two hits and Cory Dickerson was 1-for-4 with a pair of K’s in his rehab.

Despite 11 runs on 11 hits, Indy batters whiffed 14 times.

Double-A

Altoona (23-25) got a strong pitching performance from Sean Brady as they won 7-2 at Portland (15-32)

Brady (3-4, 6.29), released earlier in the year by Cleveland, made his fourth start with Altoona, allowing just two runs on three hits in seven innings without walking a batter.

The Curve put it away early with two in the second and four in the third, highlighted by 1B Jerrick Suiter’s (270/320/352) second homer of the year, a two-run shot in the third. Suiter, 2B Mitchell Tolman (248/321/372) and DH Logan Hill (289/355/446) each had two hits.

High-A

Bradenton (28-21) downed visiting Tampa (21-28) 3-1 behind Nick Economos.

Economos (5-3, 2.42) made his second start since being promoted from Greensboro, and allowed only one run (a solo homer) on two hits in seven innings, with three walks and ten K’s. For the year he’s fanned 63 batters in 44 23 innings, a rate of 12.7 per every 9.

Bradenton collected nine hits despite walking only once and fanning fourteen times. LF Chris Sharpe (256/344/417), batting third, had two singles, a double, and the lone walk, while scoring one and driving in another. CF Travis Swaggerty (248/341/354) was 1-for-4 with two K’s and RF Cal Mitchell (288/327/446) was 0-for-4 with two K’s.

Low-A

Greensboro (33-16) was the lone team to fall, by a 10-8 score at Hickory (32-17)

The Grasshoppers rallied for three in the top of the ninth, aided by two errors by Hickory SS Frainyer Chavez, but the game ended as Mason Martin struck out and Rodolfo Castro grounded out with the tying runners in scoring position.

21 year old right-hander Colin Selby (4.61 in 13 23 IP) struggled in his third start of the year, allowing four runs on seven hits and four walks in just 4 23 innings. John O’Reilly surrendered four unearned runs despite being hammered for six hits, including a home run, in 1 23 innings.

1B Mason Martin (254/346/576) homered in the first, his third in the last four games and 14th of the year, staying in a tie for the system lead with Will Craig. SS Ji-hwan Bae (341/386/439) had two hits and CF Fabricio Macias (257/311/439), who’s had a .375 over his last ten games and multiple hits in five of his last six, collected two hits and drove in three. 2B Rodolfo Castro (275/322/601) was 0-for-5.