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Pirates Minor League Report: Another Long Ball for Lonnie White

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Pirates' prospect Alessandro Ercolani pitches for the Bradenton Marauders: photo courtesy of the Pittsburgh Pirates

Pirates’ minor league affiliates went 2-2 on Wednesday, with Lonnie White Jr. hitting his second home run in the past five games.

Triple-A Indianapolis won 11-6 against the Columbus Clippers, with their bullpen helping them secure the win after Daulton Jefferies got tagged for five runs in the first four innings.

The Altoona Curve lost 10-6 to the Richmond Flying Squirrels despite home runs from Kervin Pichardo and Tsung-Che Cheng. Richmond roughed up both Anthony Solometo and Thomas Harrington, and the Curve’s offense couldn’t keep pace.

The Greensboro Grasshoppers outlasted the Jersey Shore BlueClaws 6-5, with Alessandro Ercolani receiving the win in relief. The 20-year-old right-hander struck out five over three scoreless innings after the BlueClaws chased Hunter Barco from the game early, while White Jr. homered and Termarr Johnson doubled and walked on the way to scoring two runs.

Bradenton got knocked around by the Clearwater Threshers in a 7-2 loss, managing just three hits.

Here are the top performing Pirates’ minor leaguers on Wednesday.

Triple-A Indianapolis (25-32)

SS Andrés Alvarez

  • Day: 4-for-5 with a triple.
  • Season: .275/.324/.422 with 4 doubles, a triple and 3 homers in 29 games between Bradenton and Indianapolis.

DH Brenden Dixon

  • Game: 2-for-5 with a homer.
  • Season: .221/.326/.377 with 3 doubles and 3 homers in 27 games between Altoona and Indianapolis.

Double-A Altoona (16-37)

CF Jase Bowen

  • Game: 3-for-5 with a double.
  • Season: .230/.283/.320 with 8 doubles, a triple and 2 homers in 47 games.

2B Kervin Pichardo

  • Game: 1-for-4 with a homer.
  • Season: .223/.287/.338 with 6 doubles and 4 homers in 44 games.

High-A Greensboro (31-21)

RHP Alessandro Ercolani

  • Game: 3 IP, 0 ER, 5 K’s.
  • Season: 33.1 IP, 5.13 ERA, 40 K’s in 10 appearances (7 starts).

LF Lonnie White Jr.

  • Game: 1-for-4 with a homer.
  • Season: .171/.273/.386 with 4 doubles, a triple and 8 homers in 36 games.

Single-A Bradenton (22-31)

SS Javier Rivas

  • Day: 1-for-3 with a double.
  • Season: .172/.244/.261 with 8 doubles and 2 homers in 46 games.

RHP Antwone Kelly

  • Game: 5.2 IP, 2 ER (1 unearned), 7 K’s.
  • Season: 42.2 IP, 4.64 ERA, 41 K’s in 10 appearances (8 starts).
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