Pirates' Minor League Roundup: Kyle McPherson Has a Solid Start; Two GCL Bucs Hit Their First Pro Longballs

Tuesday's roundup, with State College still off for their All-Star break:

-P- Indianapolis lost to Rochester, 3-1. Kyle McPherson, in his second AAA start, allowed two runs, one earned, in five and two-thirds innings. He gave up six hits and two walks, and fanned six. Bryan Morris had a 1-2-3 inning with one strikeout. Tony Sanchez and Brock Holt each went 2-4.

-P- Altoona got destroyed by Portland, 13-2. Tyler Waldron and Nate Baker combined to allow 11 runs, all earned, in four innings. Baker gave up three longballs. Tim Alderson made his first appearance in a month following elbow problems and gave up one hit and one run in one inning. Adalberto Santos and Matt Curry each went 2-4 with a double. Santos is hitting .388.

-P- Bradenton edged Charlotte, 5-4. Jason Townsend got the win with three scoreless innings in relief. Elevys Gonzalez went 2-4 with two doubles and Alex Dickerson went 2-4 with one double. Dickerson is hitting .444 over his last ten games.

-P- West Virginia lost Greensboro, 4-3. Alen Hanson was back in the lineup as DH, going 0-2 with a walk. Gregory Polanco is still out. Willy Garcia hit his 16th HR and 3rd in four days, although he also fanned three times. Dan Gamache hit his 35th double and Jose Osuna hit his 32nd. Maybe that portends more power later, especially in Osuna's case. Nick Kingham started and lasted only two and two-thirds, breaking a string of strong starts. I'm not sure why; he had a somewhat long third inning that started with two walks, but he faced only five batters in the inning. He allowed two runs on one hit and three walks, and fanned one. Rinku Singh and Emmanuel de Leon combined to fan 11 in five and a third.

-P- The GCL Pirates won the continuation of their suspended game from Monday with two last-chance comebacks. The game was suspended with the Yankees having taken a one-run lead in the 9th, but the Pirates tied it on a two-out single by Edwin Espinal. The Yankees went ahead again by a run in the 11th, but Dilson Herrera hit a one-out, two-run double to end it, 9-8. Herrera finished 3-6. Gustavo Nunez continued his rehab by going 1-2 with a triple and two walks. The Pirates also won the regularly scheduled game, 8-2. Jin-De Jhang and Harold Ramirez hit their 1st pro HRs. Ramirez went 2-3. Jhang went 2-2 after subbing for Wyatt Mathisen behind the plate. For some reason, the Pirates have been switching catchers during most games recently in the GCL. Kevin Ross went 3-4 and Nunez went 1-3 with a double. Axel Diaz pitched much better in relief than he's been pitching as a starter, throwing three shutout innings and allowing only one hit and one walk, while fanning four.

-P- Neither DSL team had any results available as of 11pm.

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