Pirates Minor League Roundup: OK Start for Jameson Taillon, Much Better One for Clay Holmes

Rain washed out Altoona's and West Virginia's day.

-P- Indianapolis got a run to tie in the bottom of the 9th on a two-out double by Chase d'Arnaud, then beat Gwinnett, 5-4, when pinch-hitter Eric Fryer singled in the 10th with the bases loaded and nobody out. Justin Wilson had another difficult start, taking 89 pitches to get through just four innings. He allowed four runs on four hits and four walks, while striking out six. Dan McCutchen, Duke Welker and Evan Meek each threw two scoreless innings in relief, with McCutchen fanning four. D'Arnaud went 3-5 with two doubles, Jeff Clement went 3-5, and Matt Hague went 2-5 and scored the winning run after leading off the 10th with a double. Yamaico Navarro added his 5th HR. Starling Marte went 0-4 with a walk.

-P- Jameson Taillon was much better than in most of his recent starts, but he didn't dominate as Bradenton beat Tampa, 4-3. Taillon went 5.2 IP, allowing two runs, one earned, on five hits and two walks. He fanned three. Eliecer Navarro fanned five and allowed a run in 2.2 IP in relief. Alex Dickerson had a double and two RBIs in four ABs, and Gift Ngoepe went 1-2 with two walks.

-P- Clay Holmes had an outstanding start as State College beat Williamsport, 7-4. Holmes threw five shutout innings, allowing one hit and no walks, and striking out four. On the year, opponents are batting .133 against him. Jacob Stallings and Chris Diaz led the offense. Stallings went 3-4 with a double and Diaz went 2-4 with a double and three RBIs.

-P- The GCL Pirates lost a 1-0 lead in the top of the 9th to the Phillies, then won the game, 2-1, on a walkoff single by Jin-De Jhang. Dovydas Neverauskas started and threw five shutout innings, allowing five hits and no walks, and fanning three. Tyler Glasnow followed with two scoreless innings. He allowed no hits and walked two, while striking out one. Elvis Escobar went 2-3 with a walk and Jhang went 2-2 after replacing Wyatt Mathisen behind the plate. Mathisen went 0-2, but threw out two would-be base stealers. Despite his lack of experience behind the plate, Mathisen on the year has thrown out 41% (9-of-22) of the runners who've tried to steal on him.

-P- The DSL Pirates1 pounded the Marlins, 9-1. Luis Santos started and threw five shutout innings, allowing two hits and a walk, and fanning four. Santos has a 1.71 ERA, but as a 21-year-old, 6'0" RHP, probably isn't a prospect. Tito Polo, a 17-year-old center fielder, went 3-4 with two steals.

-P- The DSL Pirates2 lost a 5-1 game to the joint Diamondbacks/Reds team. Eduardo Vera, an 18-year-old Mexican RHP, threw four scoreless innings in relief, allowing one hit and no walks, and fanning six. The Bucs had only two hits.

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