Pirates Minor League Roundup: Good Starts From Luis Heredia, Nick Kingham And (Sort Of) Justin Wilson

A full slate on Big Trade Tuesday:

-P- Indianapolis scored three in the 2nd and hung on for a 3-1 win over Pawtucket. Justin Wilson threw five shutout innings, leaving after the first two batters in the 6th reached base. It wasn't an efficient outing, as Wilson threw 102 pitches, only 67 for strikes. He allowed five hits and three walks, and fanned five. Dan McCutchen bailed him out in the 6th and later allowed a run of his own in three innings. The Indians got all eight of their hits, plus two walks, from their 3-6 hitters, but didn't do a lot with them. Starling Marte went 2-4 with a double, Jeff Clement 2-4, Matt Hague 3-4 and Yamaico 1-2 with two walks.

-P- Altoona dropped Reading, 6-2. Robbie Grossman went 2-3 with a walk in his final game in the organization that drafted him. Adalberto Santos pinch hit for Grossman in the 8th and hit a two-run double. Ramon Cabrera went 2-5. Jeff Inman pitched scoreless ball for the last three innings to pick up a save. He allowed two hits and no walks, and fanned one.

-P- Bradenton lost to St. Lucie, 7-5. Matt Benedict continued to appear overmatched in high A, allowing five runs, four earned, in five innings. Elevys Gonzalez went 2-4 with a double and his 2nd HR. Gift Ngoepe went 2-4 with a walk and Benji Gonzalez went 2-4 with a double.

-P- West Virginia beat Greensboro, 9-6. Nick Kingham threw six shutout innings for the second straight start. He allowed four hits and a walk, and fanned five. The Power led 9-0 until Joan Montero got torched for six runs in the 9th. Jose Osuna went 3-4 with his 11th HR. Ashley Ponce hit a three-run HR, his first of the year and second as a pro. Dan Gamache and Elias Diaz each went 2-4, with Gamache adding a triple. Alen Hanson was pulled for not running out a grounder, leading to much speculation, and temporary ecstasy on the part of Astros fans.

-P- State College got another good outing from Luis Heredia and held off Batavia, 4-3. Heredia allowed one run, on a solo HR, in five innings. He allowed just one other hit and walked nobody, while fanning two. The very hot Jacob Stallings went 2-3 with a double and a walk. Tyler Gaffney went 2-4 with two doubles and Barrett Barnes also went 2-4. Gaffney now has a .957 OPS and more walks (10) than Ks (8).

-P- The GCL Pirates scored twice in the bottom of the 9th to top the Blue Jays, 7-6. The runs scored on two errors, a sac bunt and a fielder's choice. Jon Sandfort failed to survive the first inning for the second time in three starts. He got two outs, but allowed three runs on two hits and three walks. Jo-Jo Reyes threw one scoreless inning. Reyes has thrown just five innings in three rehab appearances, so he doesn't seem close to returning to the AAA rotation. Max Moroff made his pro debut as the shortstop and leadoff hitter. He singled, walked three times and stole a base. Jimmy Rider went 2-4 with a double.

-P- The DSL Pirates1 lost to the Mets, 3-1. Jesus Paredes, a 19-year-old Venezuelan LHP, threw three and a third scoreless, hitless innings in relief, walking two and striking out four. Fredis Padilla went 2-4 with a double.

-P- The DSL Pirates2 scored three in the top of the 9th to pull out a 5-4 win over the Cubs2. Christian Henriquez, another LHP, started and allowed just an unearned run on three hits and no walks in five innings. He fanned four. Julio Perez went 2-3 with a walk and Edgardo Munoz went 2-4 with a double and a walk.

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