Pirates Minor League Roundup: Justin Wilson Has Control Problems; Adrian Sampson Has Strong Outing

The three rookie level teams were off on Sunday, as is customary ...

-P- Justin Wilson struggled to throw strikes again as Indianapolis lost to Buffalo, 3-2. Wilson allowed only one hit and fanned seven over five innings, but he walked five, leading to two runs. He threw 95 pitches, 59 for strikes. Bryan Morris gave up the other run in two innings of work. The Indians' offense consisted of six singles, one of them by Jose Tabata as a pinch hitter. Jeff Clement somehow stole a base.

-P- Altoona scored a run in the bottom of the 9th on an error to tie the game, then beat Harrisburg, 3-2, on a one-out, walkoff single by Adalberto Santos. The hit scored Drew Maggi, who'd singled and stolen second. Kris Johnson started and allowed one run and one hit over five innings, but walked five. Vic Black threw a 1-2-3 9th to get the win. He now has a 1.23 ERA. Brock Holt went 3-5 with a double, Matt Curry went 2-4 with his 9th HR, Ramon Cabrera went 2-3 and Santos went 2-5.

-P- Bradenton got stomped by Daytona, 12-7. Matt Benedict once again got torched, allowing eight runs on eight hits and five walks in 4.1 IP, with no strikeouts. It's not easy to see why the team hasn't sent Benedict back to West Virginia. Since moving up, he's allowed 42 hits and 21 walks, while fanning only 12, in 31.2 IP. His ERA is 10.80. Carlos Mesa led the offense by going 2-4 with a double, a triple and three RBIs. Gift Ngoepe also went 2-4 and Andy Vasquez hit his third HR.

-P- West Virginia beat Lakewood, 4-1. Nick Kingham went four innings; I'm not sure, but I think there may have been a rain delay. Kingham allowed the one run on two hits and two walks. He fanned four. Joan Montero followed with two scoreless innings and got the win. Jose Osuna went 2-4 with two doubles and Francisco Diaz went 3-4. On the negative side, Willy Garcia fanned four times and Alen Hanson went 0-4 with a walk and his 35th error.
UPDATE: It wasn't a rain delay. Kingham just threw a lot of pitches.

- p- State College had only five hits total and failed to score a run in its doubleheader against Lowell. The Spikes lost game one 1-0. They had their best chance to score in the first inning, when they had runners on second and third with one out only to see Alex Fuselier picked off third. Adrian Sampson had his best pro start, throwing five shutout innings and allowing just one hit and one walk, while striking out four. Fuselier went 2-3. The Spikes lost another pitchers' duel in game two, by a 2-0 score. Joely Rodriguez gave up two runs, one earned, in four and a third innings. The Spikes had just two hits, both doubles by Barrett Barnes and Samuel Gonzalez.

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