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Pirates Prospect Watch: Bethel Park’s Justin Meis Pitches Seven Perfect Innings



Travis Swaggerty, Pittsburgh Pirates

Pittsburgh Pirates’ pitching prospect Justin Meis tossed seven perfect innings for High-A Greensboro on Sunday to continue his stellar stretch on the mound. He hasn’t allowed a run in his last 14 innings.

A couple of former first-round picks each reached bases five times, one for Triple-A Indianapolis (Travis Swaggerty) and one for Double-A Altoona (Nick Gonzales).

Here are the top performers from Sunday’s minor league action.

Indianapolis Indians (67-60)

OF Travis Swaggerty

  • Game: 3 for 3 with a home run, two RBIs, a run and two walks
  • Season: .264/.361/.428, 14 doubles, eight triples, nine home runs, 52 RBIs, 15 steals, 94 games

INF Hoy Park

  • Game: 2 for 4 with a home run, four RBIs, two runs and a walk
  • Season: .236/.342/.385, 11 doubles, 10 home runs, 34 RBIs, 12 steals, 78 games

Swaggerty was joined by Park in the Indians’ offensive outburst that led to a 9-4 win over the Louisville Bats. Park’s four RBIs matched a career-high.

Ji-hwan Bae was on base twice, drove in a run, scored a run and picked up a steal.

Altoona Curve (63-62)

INF Nick Gonzales

  • Game: 3 for 3 with a doubles, two runs, a walk and a hit by pitch
  • Season: .271/.393/.430, 17 doubles, six home runs, 27 RBIs, five steals, 61 games

RHP Carmen Mlodzisnki

  • Game: 4.0 innings, two hits, no runs, no walks, five strikeouts
  • Season: 4-8, 4.91 ERA, 95.1 innings, 98 hits, 37 walks, 101 strikeouts 25 games/20 starts

Mlodzinski’s strong performance was backed by Gonzales, who helped the Curve take down the Akron RubberDucks 5-2. Malcom Nunez picked up a pair of hits in the win.

Additionally, Andres Alvarez hit his 20th homer of the season, becoming the first player in the Curve’s history to have a 20 home run/20 stolen base season.

Greensboro Grasshoppers (57-66)

RHP Justin Meis

  • Game: 7.0 innings, no hits, no runs, no walks, seven strikeouts
  • Season: 4-4, 4.21 ERA, 68.1 innings, 53 hits, 29 walks, 71 strikeouts

1B/OF Jase Bowen

  • Game: 3 for 4 with a home run, an RBI and a run
  • Season: .181/.222/.337, two doubles, one triple, three home runs, eight RBIs, five steals, 22 games

It doesn’t get much better than Meis’ seven perfect innings as the Grasshoppers shut out the Winston-Salem Dash 6-0. The right-hander from Bethel Park needed just 75 pitches to cruise through those seven perfect frames.

With the bats, Bowen led the charge with three hits, including his second longball with Greensboro. Jacob Gonzalez and Mike Jarvis also went deep.

Bradenton Marauders (64-61)

OF Matt Gorski

  • Game: 2 for 3
  • Season: .231/.286/.462, one home run, one RBI, four games

OF Sergio Campana

  • Game: 2 for 4
  • Season: .212/.332/.334, 13 doubles, one triple, seven home runs, 27 RBIs, 28 steals, 97 games

The Marauders were crushed by the Fort Myers Mighty Muscles 11-2. Gorski, who is rehabbing with Bradenton, collected a pair of hits. Campana also had a pair of hits to extend his hitting streak to five games.

Tres Gonzalez doubled in his only at-bat, and Termarr Johnson drove in a run with a sacrifice fly.

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