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Pirates Minor League Report: Harrington Stuns For Altoona

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Homestand 4, The Pirates' affiliate Bradenton Marauders face the Jupiter Hammerheads at LECOM Park, Bradenton, Florida (Photos by Jonathan Austin)

Pirates’ affiliates won two of the four games they played on Wednesday, with Jack Brannigan and Esmerlyn Valdez continuing their recent power surges and a lights-out start from Thomas Harrington.

Triple-A Indianapolis lost 3-1 to the Columbus Clippers, unable to muster any offense to support a strong start from Jake Woodford.

Thomas Harrington got the win in Altoona’s 5-1 win over the Bowie BaySox, punching out 11 batters in seven innings.

The Greensboro Grasshoppers dropped a 7-5 decision in ten innings against the Winston-Salem Dash despite Jack Brannigan’s third homer in the past two days along with long balls from Nick Cimillo and Hudson Head.

The Bradenton Marauders walloped the Jupiter Hammerheads 14-8. Valdez hit two home runs, Axiel Plaz added another, and Aaron Shortridge struck out seven batters in four scoreless innings.

Here’s a look at the top performances from the Pirates’ farm system on Wednesday.

Triple-A Indianapolis (38-47)

RHP Jake Woodford

  • Game: 5 IP, 1 ER, 6 K’s.
  • Season: 75 IP, 4.20 ERA, 71 K’s in 15 starts between Indianapolis and Triple-A Charlotte (White Sox).

DH Seth Beer

  • Game: 1-for-4 with a double.
  • Season: .275/.352/.414 with 10 doubles, 2 triples and 7 homers in 69 games between Altoona and Indianapolis.

Double-A Altoona (36-47)

2B Kervin Pichardo

  • Game: 2-for-3 with a double.
  • Season: .264/.319/.360 with 9 doubles and 5 homers in 73 games.

RHP Thomas Harrington

  • Game: 7 IP, 1 ER, 11 K’s.
  • Season: 59.2 IP, 2.41 ERA, 62 K’s in 12 appearances (11 starts) between Bradenton and Altoona.

High-A Greensboro (51-31)

3B Jack Brannigan

  • Game: 2-for-5 with a homer and a double.
  • Season: .220/.340/.448 with 11 doubles, a triple and 14 homers in 64 games.

LF Hudson Head

  • Game: 2-for-4 with a homer.
  • Season: .227/341/.414 with 8 doubles, 3 triples and 9 homers in 64 games.

Single-A Bradenton (37-46)

1B Esmerlyn Valdez

  • Game: 2-for-4 with 2 homers and a walk.
  • Season: .247/.366/.480 with 14 doubles, a triple and 12 homers in 66 games.

C Axiel Plaz

  • Game: 2-for-5 with a homer.
  • Season: .221/.313/.493 with 5 doubles and 11 homers in 46 games between rookie ball and Bradenton.
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