I only got to watch chunks of last night's game, but as bad as it was seeing Ross Ohlendorf getting Jakubauskas'ed (hit in the head with a pitch, and fortunately it sounds like he'll be fine, or I wouldn't joke about it), it was excellent to see so much nice work from the bullpen. Sean Gallagher walked three batters in three innings, but he otherwise got through them without a problem. Wil Ledezma then made his Pirates debut and pitched a scoreless inning and a third, and then the Pirates were on to their more dependable guys, who didn't let them down.
In the minors, Brandon Moss continued his hot hitting by going 2-for-5 with a homer for Indianapolis, while Akinori Iwamura left the game after getting into a collision. Moss has hit well recently, but I'm not worried about making space for him at the big-league level just yet; his overall line still isn't that impressive, and let's not forget how bad he was last year. Justin Wilson had a quality start for Altoona. Nate Baker continued to pitch well in his third start for Bradenton. I hadn't realized that former prospect Shelby Ford is all the way down there now after flaming out in AAA and then AA; it's great that he's sticking with it, but he has to wonder what happened to his career. Evan Chambers went 4-for-6 with a double for West Virginia. At State College, Colton Cain started and allowed one run through three innings, but Trent Stevenson gave up four runs, two earned, in relief. Nothing too interesting happened for the GCL Pirates, but there was a Rinku Singh appearance. Would it be crazy to point out that he seems to be figuring this game out? Or that Dinesh Patel hasn't been so bad either?