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Pirates Minor League Report: Grasshoppers Light It Up

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Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman Termarr Johnson bats during the seventh inning of a spring training baseball game against the Detroit Tigers Saturday, March 9, 2024, in Lakeland, Fla. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Pirates’ affiliates picked up two wins on Saturday, with Nick Cimillo hitting his second homer in as many games and an excellent start from Patrick Reilly.

Greensboro exploded for 16 runs against the Jersey Shore BlueClaws, putting up 11 runs in the eighth to blow the game wide open. Shawn Ross, Jack Brannigan and Nick Cimillo homered, Termarr Johnson notched four hits and  Reilly allowed one run in six innings.

Triple-A Indianapolis thrashed the Rochester Red Wings 13-4, with Malcom Nuñez hitting a grand slam to put the exclamation point on a three-hit game.

The Altoona Curve lost 3-0 to the Akron Rubber Ducks, managing just three hits and spoiling a seven inning quality start from Po-Yu Chen.

The Bradenton Marauders lost 4-2 to the Clearwater Threshers. Mike Burrows got roughed up in his third start since returning from Tommy John surgery, and a two-run homer from Keiner Delgado wasn’t enough to make up the early deficit.

Here are some of the top performances amongst the Pirates’ farm teams on Saturday.

Triple-A Indianapolis (34-44)

DH Malcom Nuñez

  • Game: 3-for-5 with a grand slam.
  • Season: .248/.320/.378 with 9 doubles and 8 homers in 72 games.

UTIL Matt Gorski

  • Day: 1-for-3 with a double and 2 walks.
  • Season: .258/.311/.568 with 14 doubles, 5 triples and 14 homers in 62 games.

Double-A Altoona (30-44)

RHP Po-Yu Chen

  • Game: 7 IP, 3 ER, 2 K’s.
  • Season: 76 IP, 4.38 ERA, 48 K’s in 15 appearances (13 starts).

RF Charles McAdoo

  • Game: 0-for-1 with 3 walks.
  • Season: .331/.417/.573 with 17 doubles, 5 triples and 11 homers in 67 games between Greensboro and Altoona.

High-A Greensboro (45-28)

RHP Patrick Reilly

  • Game: 6 IP, 1 ER, 3 K’s.
  • Season: 66.1 IP, 3.0 ERA, 82 K’s in 15 starts.

DH Nick Cimillo

  • Game: 3-for-5 with a double, a homer and a walk.
  • Season: .293/.408/.621 with 4 doubles and 14 homers in 40 games.

Single-A Bradenton (34-40)

RHP Garrett McMillan

  • Game: 3.2 IP, 0 ER, 6 K’s.
  • Season: 34 IP, 2.12 ERA, 34 K’s in 22 appearances.

2B Keiner Delgado

  • Game: 1-for-4 with a homer.
  • Season: .256/.332/.440 with 6 doubles, 2 triples and 7 homers in 44 games between rookie ball and Bradenton.
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Lee

Termarr allllllllllll the way up to .225. What a dupisappointment he has been.

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