Pirates Minor Leagues: Indianapolis, West Virginia Win

Indianapolis beat Durham 7-5 thanks to a two-run homer by John Bowker and a three-run jack by Andrew Lambo. Lambo is off to a slow start this season, but he raised his average to .220 with a 2-for-3 day.

Altoona lost 3-2 to Harrisburg despite a good start by Michael Colla, who had five strikeouts and one run allowed in five innings. Colla has a solid performance history but is probably no more than a fringe prospect due to his age (24) and marginal stuff. Tim Alderson struck out two in an inning of relief and now has 17 strikeouts and six walks in 16.1 innings; maybe he's finally onto something.

Bradenton was off.

West Virginia beat Charleston (confusing!), 6-2. After a disastrous start to his season, in which he allowed seven runs apiece in his first three starts, Brandon Cumpton pitched in relief on April 25 and struck out three batters in three innings. He then went back to the rotation and on Monday made his second consecutive good start, with five strikeouts and one run allowed over 5.2 innings. Drew Maggi went 2-for-3 with a double and a walk, giving him three multi-hit games in his last five. Maggi got off to an awful start this season despite coming from a big college program and getting a $468,000 bonus; let's hope he's finding his groove now.

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