Pirates' Minor League Roundup: Jeff Locke Pitches Well in Abbreviated Start; Mel Rojas Gets Four Hits

The Wednesday roundup:

-P- Indianapolis took a 4-0 lead in the 4th and hung on to beat Toledo, 4-3. Jeff Locke allowed no runs over four and two-thirds. He gave up three hits and three walks, and fanned seven. I'm not sure why he came out; his pitch count was 78. Locke is still nearly 30 innings below last year's total and even if he takes over Erik Bedard's spot in the rotation, he'd still be looking at no more than another 30-35 or so. Justin Wilson pitched to two batters after Locke left, hitting one and fanning the other. Bryan Morris had another shaky outing, giving up two hits and a run in two-thirds of an inning. Tim Wood gave up two runs in the 9th before closing it out. Jeff Larish provided most of the offense with a three-run HR, his 2nd. Brock Holt went 3-5 and is now hitting .425.

-P- Altoona edged Akron, 2-1, in an odd game. Brandon Cumpton, who went seven innings, and Tim Alderson combined to allow 14 hits, but they walked nobody and gave up only the one run. Gustavo Nunez, Adalberto Santos and Stefan Welch each had two hits. The Curve trailed, 1-0, going into the bottom of the 8th, but Santos led off with a double and Welch singled him in. Then in the 9th, Welch drew a one-out, bases-loaded walk to end the game.

-P- Bradenton gave up six runs in the 6th inning and lost to Fort Myers, 9-8. All of the 6th inning damage came against Emmanuel de Leon, who's allowed nine runs in just 2.1 IP since being promoted to Bradenton. Mel Rojas, Jr., went 4-5 with a triple and his 6th HR. Alex Dickerson went 2-5 with his 13th HR. Justin Howard, Andy Vasquez and Benji Gonzalez each had two hits.

-P- West Virginia dropped the first game of a doubleheader to Charleston, 3-0. Zack von Rosenberg pitched a six-inning complete game, allowing eight hits and no walks, and fanning five. One of the runs was unearned. The Power had only two hits. Gregory Polanco went 1-3. The second game was suspended after three scoreless innings, with West Virginia hitless. Alen Hanson returned to action in that game, going 0-2 before the stoppage.

-P- State College couldn't hold an early 4-1 lead and lost to Auburn, 6-4. Adrian Sampson started and pitched five innings, allowing three runs on four hits and four walks, with four strikeouts. John Kuchno made his second pro appearance, throwing two scoreless innings and allowing no hits and one walk, with two Ks. Walker Gourley, Chris Diaz and Jimmy Rider each had two hits.

-P- As noted earlier, the GCL Pirates won the league title by beating the Red Sox, 5-2. Tyler Glasnow and Luis Urena keyed the win. Glasnow started the game with four scoreless innings, allowing just one hit and two walks, and fanning seven. Urena gave the Bucs all the runs they needed with a three-run HR in the 4th. Wyatt Mathisen, Eric Wood and Edwin Espinal each had two hits.

UPDATE: Don't know how I missed this, but the DSL Pirates1 beat the Mariners, 8-7, in game one of their best-of-three semifinal playoff series. The good guys scored three in the top of the 9th to come back from a two-run deficit. They rallied with five consecutive one-out singles. Yunelky Adames went 3-5 with a double and a HR, and Maximo Rivera went 2-4 with a triple.

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