Pittsburgh Pirates Prospects: Indy Splits Doubleheader & More - Rum Bunter

BRADENTON, FLORIDA – MARCH 16: Mason Martin #73 of the Pittsburgh Pirates poses for a picture during the 2022 Photo Day at LECOM Park on March 16, 2022 in Bradenton, Florida. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)

Triple-A Indy splits a doubleheader, a big day for Endy Rodriguez and more in Wednesday’s Pittsburgh Pirates minor league roundup

The Triple-A Indianapolis Indians played a doubleheader against the Louisville Bats on Wednesday.  After splitting the day’s games, the top farm club of the Pittsburgh Pirates remain three games under .500 on the season at 48-51.

Game one saw the Indians pick up a 4-3 walk-off victory. The walk-off came when Mason Martin singled home Brendt Citta in the bottom of the 7th inning. This was part of a 2-for-3 game for Martin in which he also drew a walk and scored a run. While Martin has struggled mightily this season, it was good to see him come through with the big hit.

Jack Suwinski also had a two-hit performance for the Indians, including a RBI. Suwinski continues to rake at Triple-A and should be re-called to the majors immediately. Diego Castillo started at shortstop going 1-for-4 with his 1st home run since be optioned to Triple-A. Travis Swaggerty was 0-for-2 with a pair of walks, while Rodolfo Castro went 2-for-3 with a walk and a RBI.

Miguel Yajure started game one for the Indians and turned in one of his best outings of the season. In 5 innings pitched he allowed a run on three hits, a walk and five strikes. He threw 65% of his pitches for strikes and had multiple pitches working in the start. While Austin Brice allowed a pair of runs in the 6th inning, Eric Handhold struck a batter out in a scoreless 7th inning pitched.

Game two of the twin bill saw the Indians fall to the Bats 9-6.

Hoy Park bat leadoff for the Indians in game two going 2-for-4 with a RBI. Suwinski remained hot hitting his 5th home run since being optioned to Triple-A. Suwinski never should have been optioned to the minors and it’s well beyond time for him to return to the majors.

Martin had another two-hit performance while scoring a run. Jared Oliva was 2-for-3 with a triple while driving in a pair of runs. Taylor Davis also had a hit and a RBI for the Indians in their game two loss.

Zach Matson started game two, allowing 2 runs on three walks and a walk in 2 innings pitched. Noe Toribio allowed 5 runs, 2 earned, on four hits, three walks, and three strikeouts in 2.2 innings pitched. Cam Alldred pitched the last 2.1 innings of the game for the Indians, allowing 2 runs on four hits.