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Pirates Minor League Report: Nick Cimillo Leaves the Yard Twice

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Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop Alika Williams (75) throws out Tampa Bay Rays Rene Pinto on a ground out to end the second inning of a spring training baseball game in Port Charlotte, Fla., Monday, March 4, 2024. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Pirates’ affiliates picked up two wins on Thursday, with strong pitching performances from Jake Woodford, Dominic Perachi and Hung-Leng Chang to go with a two homer game from Nick Cimillo.

Triple-A Indianapolis lost 1-0 to the Iowa Cubs, spoiling an excellent start from Woodford.

The Altoona Curve outlasted the Bowie Baysox 10-8 in 12 innings. Kervin Pichardo, who also came up with the game-tying homer in the eighth inning, notched the eventual game-winning hit, a two-run single. 

Greensboro rode a two-homer game from Cimillo to a 4-2 win over the Hudson Valley Renegades. Perachi shut down the Renegades while he was on the mound, allowing just one baserunner over six scoreless innings.

The Bradenton Marauders managed just three hits in their 4-2 loss to the Lakeland Flying Tigers, with troubles compounding as their bullpen ran into trouble late.

Here are some of the top performances amongst Pirates’ minor leaguers on Thursday.

Triple-A Indianapolis (31-39)

RHP Jake Woodford

  • Game: 6 IP, 1 ER, 6 K’s.
  • Season: 61.2 IP, 4.67 ERA, 55 K’s in 12 starts between Triple-A Charlotte (White Sox) and Indianapolis.

SS Alika Williams

  • Game: 1-for-3 with a double and a walk.
  • Season: .286/.333/.357 with a double in 4 games.

Double-A Altoona (26-40)

INF Kervin Pichardo

  • Game: 4-for-5 with a homer.
  • Season: .266/.324/.382 with 8 doubles and 5 homers in 57 games.

RF Yoyner Fajardo

  • Game: 3-for-5 with 2 walks.
  • Season: .255/.311/.356 with 3 doubles and 4 homers in 45 games between Triple-A Saint Paul (Twins) and Altoona.

High-A Greensboro (39-26)

1B Nick Cimillo

  • Game: 2-for-3 with a homer and a walk.
  • Season: .314/.414/.644 with 3 doubles and 12 homers in 34 games.

LHP Dominic Perachi

  • Game: 6 IP, 0 ER, 7 K’s.
  • Season: 51.2 IP, 2.61 ERA, 52 K’s in 13 appearances (5 starts) between Greensboro and Altoona.

Single-A Bradenton (28-37)

INF Jeral Toledo

  • Game: 2-for-4 with 2 singles.
  • Season: .222/.312/.296 with 4 doubles and 2 triples in 33 games.

RHP Hung-Leng Chang

  • Game: 6 IP, 2 ER, 4 K’s.
  • Season: 49.1 IP, 4.20 ERA, 49 K’s in 11 appearances (9 starts).

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