James McDonald, Clay Holmes do a little better

James McDonald lasted a lot longer than in his first AA rehab start, Clay Holmes survived some control problems, and Chase d'Arnaud reached base five times

Only three Saturday games to report on. Bradenton was rained out. Both of the Pirates' DSL affiliates were scheduled to play Saturday morning, but there's no report yet. The games may have been rained out or MiLB.com may be asleep at the wheel again.

-- Indianapolis won a wild game in ten innings from Columbus, 10-9. The Indians took an early 5-0 lead, but starter Brooks Brown gave up eight runs in the 2nd, three of them unearned due to an error by defensive specialist John McDonald. Indy eventually tied the game 9-9 in the 4th and it stayed that way until Brett Carroll drove in Chase d'Arnaud with a two-out single in the top of the 10th. Newcomer Atahualpa Severino threw a perfect inning and two-thirds, fanning two. Jared Hughes, who's been pitching very well since being sent down, and Ryan Reid each threw two scoreless innings, with Reid getting the win. D'Arnaud went 2-3 with a double and three walks. Josh Harrison, Matt Hague and Jared Goedert all went 2-5 with a double. Carroll went 2-4. Felix Pie had a bases loaded triple in five ABs. Tony Sanchez cooled off for a day, going 0-5 with three strikeouts. McDonald went 1-4, which sent his average soaring to .091.

-- Altoona got all of its offense from a pair of solo HRs and beat Portland, 2-1. Mel Rojas, Jr. (pictured), hit his third and Charlie Cutler hit his second. In fact, Rojas and Cutler had all five of the team's hits, with Rojas going 3-5 and Cutler 2-4 with a double. James McDonald improved on his first rehab start, going four shutout innings and throwing 22 of 38 pitches for strikes. He allowed two hits and a walk, and fanned two. Ethan Hollingsworth allowed one run over four innings to get the win and Nate Baker managed a rare scoreless inning to get the save.

-- West Virginia stomped Lakewood, 8-0. Clay Holmes sort-of had a good start. He threw five shutout innings and allowed just one hit, with five strikeouts. He did, however, walk five. Ashely Ponce and Stetson Allie each went 2-4, with Ponce accounting for a double and a triple. Josh Bell had a two-run triple in five ABs, with no strikeouts. Dilson Herrera went 1-4. P2 has posted a game account.

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