Pirates Minor League Roundup: Outstanding Start for Nick Kingham

A full slate of action on Tuesday:

-P- Indianapolis lost to Gwinnett, 8-5. Jeff Locke allowed three runs over five innings on five hits and a walk, with three Ks. Kris Johnson followed and took the loss, giving up five runs, including three longballs, in one inning. Duke Welker threw two scoreless innings, striking out three. Chase d'Arnaud went 2-4 with a double and a triple and Jeff Clement went 2-4 with a double. A day after falling a single short of a cycle, Starling Marte went 0-4 with three strikeouts.

-P- Altoona got bombed by Richmond, 10-2, thanks to an eight-run 3rd. Tim Alderson lasted two and two-thirds, allowing eight runs on seven hits and four walks, with two strikeouts. Nate Baker didn't fare a lot better in relief, coming on with the bases loaded and two out and allowing all the runners to score, along with two more of his own. Vic Black struck out the side in one inning of work. Robbie Grossman went 2-4 and Jeremy Farrell hit his 4th HR for the Curve.

-P- Bradenton dropped a 2-0 game to Clearwater. The Marauders wasted a good start by Tyler Waldron, who allowed one run in seven innings. He walked two and struck out three. Bradenton had just three hits.

-P- West Virginia split a pair of 2-0 games with Augusta. The bad guys won game one despite a solid start by Zack von Rosenberg, who went the six-inning distance. The two runs came on solo HRs, with von Rosenberg allowing five hits total. He walked nobody and fanned three. Ashley Ponce had two of the Power's five singles. In game two, Nick Kingham was dominant, allowing just two hits over six innings. He walked none and fanned seven. Clario Perez fanned two more in the 7th to get the save. Jose Osuna provided both runs with his 10th HR. Gregory Polanco went 2-3. Catcher Elias Diaz threw out Augusta speedster Shawn Payne after Payne had succeeded on his first 34 steal attempts of the season. The Power, who've struggled much of the season defensively, had no errors in the doubleheader, probably a sign that a very young team is gaining experience.

-P- State College scored two in the top of the 8th to tie their game with Mahoning Valley 3-3, but Jordan Cooper gave up four in the bottom half, leading to a 7-3 loss. Joely Rodriguez started and pitched well again, although still without missing many bats. He allowed two runs, one earned, in five innings on three hits. He walked none and struck out none. Barrett Barnes hit his 4th HR and D.J. Crumlich went 2-4.

-P- The GCL Pirates went into the bottom of the 8th against the Braves trailing 5-1, but got three in the 8th and two in the 9th to win, 6-5. Eric Wood won the game with a walkoff, two-run HR, his first HR as a pro. The rehabbing Jo-Jo Reyes pitched two scoreless innings in relief, allowing four hits and fanning two. Another rehabber, Aaron Pribanic, allowed one run over two innings. Martires Cadet threw three scoreless innings, allowing three hits and two walks, and fanning five. Wood went 2-4 with three RBIs on the game, with the other hit being a double. Dilson Herrera, Elvis Escobar, Stetson Allie and Jimmy Rider each went 2-4, with Escobar adding a triple and Rider a double.

-P- The DSL Pirates1 beat the Red Sox, 5-4, on a two-out, walkoff single by Daniel Arribas. Carlos Esqueda and Adrian De Aza each went 2-3.

-P- The DSL Pirates2 dropped a 1-0 decision to the Nationals, as each team managed only three hits. Ramon Rodriguez, a 19-year-old RHP, allowed the one run in five innings on two hits. He walked none and fanned five.

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