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Pirates Minor League Report: Gem from Chen, McAdoo Homers Again

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Homestand 11, The Bradenton Marauders face the Lakeland Flying Tigers at LECOM Park, Bradenton, Florida (Photos by Jonathan Austin)

Pirates’ minor league affiliates managed just one win on Friday night, with Po-Yu Chen enjoying his best start of the season for the Altoona Curve and Charles McAdoo hitting his second home run in as many games.

Triple-A Indianapolis saw their bullpen get roughed up in a 7-3 loss to the Columbus Clippers, despite home runs from Jake Lamb and Gilberto Celestino.

Po-Yu Chen twirled a gem for the Altoona Curve, allowing just one run over eight innings and striking out nine batters. The Curve went on to win 3-1 over the Richmond Flying Squirrels.

The Greensboro Grasshoppers dropped an 8-4 decision to the Jersey Shore BlueClaws, with Maikol Escotto and McAdoo accounting for all the offense in the form of their respective three-run and one-run homers.

The Bradenton Marauders got two-hit by the Clearwater Threshers in a 7-3 loss, with 11 drawn walks helping them keep the game from turning into a bloodbath.

Here are some of the top performing Pirates’ affiliates on Friday.

Triple-A Indianapolis (25-34)

1B Jake Lamb

  • Day: 2-for-3 with a double, a homer and a walk.
  • Season: .316/.398/.460 with 13 doubles and 4 homers in 48 games.

LF Gilberto Celestino

  • Game: 2-for-4 with a homer.
  • Season:  .281/.371/.359 with 6 doubles and 2 homers in 44 games.

Double-A Altoona (18-37)

RHP Po-Yu Chen

  • Game: 8 IP, 1 ER, 9 K’s.
  • Season: 53.1 IP, 4.56 ERA, 33 K’s in 11 appearances (9 starts).

3B Joe Perez

  • Game: 2-for-4 with 2 singles.
  • Season: .211/.309/.342 with 6 doubles, a triple and 4 homers in 44 games between Altoona and Indianapolis.

High-A Greensboro (31-23)

1B Maikol Escotto

  • Game: 1-for-4 with a three-run homer.
  • Season: .239/.284/.420 with 4 doubles and 4 homers in 27 games.

3B Charles McAdoo

  • Game: 1-for-4 with a homer.
  • Season: .333/.406/.556 with 12 doubles, 2 triples and 8 homers in 49 games.

Single-A Bradenton (23-32)

SS Keiner Delgado

  • Day: 1-for-3 with a homer.
  • Season: .227/.274/.391 with 3 doubles and 5 homers in 27 games between rookie ball and Bradenton.

2B Wesley Zapata

  • Game: 0-for-1 with 3 walks.
  • Season: .167/.258/.241 with 2 doubles and a triple in 21 games between rookie ball and Bradenton.
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Dan Dodd

Why is Jake Lamb still in the minors?

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