From Friday night in Altoona’s 3-2 loss to Reading, Alen Hanson had this RBI triple shown below. It was his 11th triple of the season. On Thursday, Hanson reached the 20-10-10-20 marks in doubles, triples, homers and stolen bases. On Saturday, he stole his 21st base of the season.
On Friday, Indianapolis was getting no-hit through six innings. Andrew Lambo came up in the seventh and broke that up with the single shown below. Lambo had four hits on Saturday, giving him a .339 average through 46 games in AAA. Lambo hasn’t missed a beat since returning from his thumb surgery, though it didn’t look good based on his eight rehab games he split between the GCL Pirates and Jamestown. He went 4-for-25 in those game, with one extra-base hit. He has 17 doubles, two triples and five homers for Indianapolis. The offensive output by Indianapolis on Friday was a far cry from Saturday
Matt Hague launched his 14th homer of the season on Saturday. It was one of 18 hits the Indians had on the night and he drove home three of their 14 runs with this swing. Hague has driven in 65 runs this year, tops among all Pirates minor league players.
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When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.