Down on the Farm: 4-14-2017

Here’s a look at how the Pirates Farm Clubs performed today:

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS

Indianapolis (3-5) beat Toledo, 5-1. Eric Wood led the way offensively with a double and a home run (#1). DH Erich Weiss contributed 2 hits and Max Moroff was on-base 3 times with a double and 2 walks.

The player of the game was starting pitcher Tyler Eppler. The 24-year old pitched 6 shutout innings allowing only 1 base hit. Eppler, who was a 6th round pick in 2014, hasn’t allowed a run yet (11 innings) this season.

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Not The Time To Give Up On Glasnow

Definitely not the debut Tyler Glasnow was hoping for.

Not being able to find the plate ended the rookie’s night before the third inning.

Glasnow’s final line: 1.2 innings, 4 hits, 5 runs, 5 walks and 1 strikeout. The problem was that of his 64 pitches, he only threw 35 strikes.

Two concerns that scouts had about Glasnow heading into the season were holding runners on and could he throw enough strikes.

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Up Next for Pirates: Cincinnati Reds

Coming off a 3-game sweep of the Atlanta Braves, the Pirates host the first-place Cincinnati Reds (4-2) at PNC Park.

Tonights pitching matchup is a battle of two 23-year olds: Tyler Glasnow vs. left-handed Brandon Finnegan.

Finnegan is one of three 20-year olds in the Reds rotation joining Rookie Price (23) and Amir Garrett 24). In 31 starts last season, Finnegan went 10-11 with a 3.98 ERA.

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Pirates Highlights for 2017 Home Opener

The Pirates have announced a list of events scheduled for the Home Opener.

If you’re headed to the game on Friday, here are some things that you should be aware of:

**All fans in attendance receive a Pirates 2017 Magnetic Schedule.

**PNC Park gates will open to all fans at 11 AM

**Outfielder Starling Marte will receive his 2016 Gold Glove and it will presented to him by former Pirate Gold Glove outfielder Andy Van Slyke.

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Wednesday Pirates News & Notes

UPDATE (11:06 AM)-

**Bleacher Report released its Top 50 Prospects and a few Pirates were placed on the list.

RHP Mitch Keller, the Pirates 2014 2nd Round Pick was #31. Although he made the Pirates Opening Day roster, Josh Bell was #25. Same goes for Tyler Glasnow who’s listed at #13 and the top ranked Pirates prospect is outfielder Austin Meadows (#11).

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Takes From Pirates Opening Day Loss

Well at least the Pirates have 161 games left.

It sounds like a cliché but it’s true. Today’s opener had a some good and it also had some bad.

On the positive side, the Pirate pitchers kept the Boston Red Sox scoreless for 8 of 9 innings.

Gerrit Cole looked really good for the first four innings, allowing only 1 hit and the bullpen pitched three scoreless innings and kept the game close.

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