Pirates Minor League Roundup: Decent Start for Gerrit Cole, Three Hits for Robbie Grossman

Not quite a full slate on Friday, as State College was rained out, and Altoona and West Virginia were unable to finish doubleheaders:

-P- Rick VandenHurk gave up three in the 1st before shutting Toledo down, but Indianapolis couldn't quite come back and lost, 3-2. VandenHurk lasted seven, allowing six hits and a walk, and fanning seven. The Indians had ten hits, including six doubles, but couldn't take enough advantage. Starling Marte, playing left, had one of the doubles in four ABs after going 0-12 in his previous three games. Jose Tabata went 2-5 with a double, but also had two throwing errors. Matt Hague and Jeff Clement each went 2-4, with Clement getting a double.

-P- Altoona got shut out by Erie in the first game of what was supposed to be a doubleheader, but the second game got rained out. Gerrit Cole started and went 5.1 IP, allowing three runs, one of them unearned, on three hits and three walks. He fanned five. Judging by the game recap, he didn't give up much that was hit hard. Robbie Grossman went 3-3 with a walk, and Stefan Welch 2-3.

-P- Bradenton beat Tampa, 3-2, as Casey Sadler continued to pitch well as a starter. He took a shutout into the 7th before allowing two runs, finishing with 6.2 IP, six hits, one walk and five Ks. Dan Grovatt went 2-3 with a walk, a triple and his 5th HR, Gift Ngoepe went 1-1 with three walks and three steals, and Elevys Gonzalez went 2-4 with a double.

-P- West Virginia tried to play a doubleheader with Delmarva, but the second game was suspended. The Power lost game one, 3-2. Zack Dodson went five innings, allowing the three runs on five hits, two of them HRs, and two walks. He fanned five. Dan Gamache went 2-3 with two doubles. The second game was suspended with the Power leading, 7-1, in the 3rd inning. Alen Hanson and Gregory Polanco were each 2-2, with Polanco stealing his 36th and 37th bases.

-P- The GCL Pirates scored six in the 8th to beat the Yankees, 6-2, for their sixth win in their last seven games. The Bucs used five pitchers for short stints, including two rehabbers, Jo-Jo Reyes and Aaron Pribanic. Harold Ramirez went 2-4 with two doubles and Stetson Allie went 2-3 with a double and a walk.

-P- The DSL Pirates1 lost to the Rangers, 5-4, in ten innings. Daniel Arribas, who has 11 hits in his last 29 ABs, went 2-4 with a double and three RBIs. The team's best player, Maximo Rivera, has played only once in the past week and presumably is hurt.

-P- The DSL Pirates2 lost to the Phillies, 3-1. The Pirates had only five hits, two by Yomifer Polanco. No, really. Yomifer.

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