Pirates Minor League Roundup: Rain Shortens Gerrit Cole's Start; Tyler Gaffney Channels Ron Hunt

The usual Sunday action, minus the rookie level teams . . .

-P- Indianapolis scored five in the 8th and went on to beat Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, 7-2. Rick VandenHurk allowed two runs on four hits and two walks over seven innings. He fanned seven. Dan McCutchen retired six straight over the last two innings, fanning three. Brandon Boggs and Anderson Hernandez each went 2-4.

-P- Gerrit Cole got chased by rain and the roof caved in on Altoona after he left, with the Curve losing to New Britain, 13-4. Cole had allowed just one run on three hits and two walks, with five Ks, when rain hit with two out and one on in the 5th. After the delay, Mike Colla let Cole's second run score and then allowed four more of his own. Colla ended up allowing six runs over an inning and two thirds, and Jeff Inman allowed another five over an inning and a third. Brock Holt went 3-4. Jarek Cunningham and Quincy Latimore each went deep, Cunningham's HR being his 5th and Latimore's his 13th.

-P- Bradenton outscored Palm Beach, 10-7. Casey Sadler started and struggled, allowing seven runs, six earned, on six hits and three walks over 4.2 IP. He fanned three. Sadler's now gone over 100 innings after throwing just 66.2 last year as a reliever, so it seems possible he could be tiring. Carlos Mesa went 3-5 with a double and a triple. Gift Ngoepe and Alex Dickerson each went 2-4 with a walk, and Dickerson also had a double. Dan Grovatt went 2-3 with a double and Benji Gonzalez 2-3 with a walk.

-P- West Virginia beat Lakewood, 8-4. Robby Rowland threw six shutout innings, but gave up solo HRs to the first two hitters in the 7th. He finished with just the two runs allowed on five hits in six innings. He walked none and fanned four. Willy Garcia and Jose Osuna each went 2-4, Garcia adding his 13th HR and Osuna his 30th double. Dan Gamache went 2-3 with a triple and a walk and Francisco Diaz 2-3 with a double. Gregory Polanco went 1-2 with two walks and Alen Hanson got a day of rest.

-P- Luis Heredia gave up more than one earned run for just the second time in nine starts, but State College still managed to compile a 9-3 lead over Aberdeen before a bullpen meltdown led to seven late runs and a 10-9 loss. Heredia allowed three runs on four hits and a walk in five innings. He fanned three. Derek Trent went 3-5 with a double and Jesus Vasquez went 2-5 with his first New York-Penn League HR. Tyler Gaffney went 1-2 with a double, a walk, two HBPs and three runs scored. Gaffney has now been hit 16 times in 99 plate appearances. His OBP is .535, but his HBP rate is an injury waiting to happen.

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