Kingham has strong AA debut

Nick Kingham pitched scoreless baseball in his first start for Altoona, West Virginia won without the middle of their order, and the DSL Pirates2 drew three times as many walks in one game as Clint Barmes has drawn all year

A full slate on Saturday apart from Bradenton, which was off for the Florida State League All-Star Game. Speaking of which, Alen Hanson had only one hit in five times up, but it was a three-run HR.

-- Indianapolis dropped a 4-2 decision to Durham. Kris Johnson started and threw six innings, which means he won't be available to start for the Pirates before Thursday. He allowed nine hits but didn't walk anybody and gave up only one run. Reliever Zach Thornton inherited a 2-1 lead, but gave up three runs to lose it. Josh Harrison led off the game with his second HR and also drew two walks. Lucas May and Ivan De Jesus, Jr., each had two hits. Andrew Lambo went 0-4 and had three of the Indians' 13 strikeouts.

-- Nick Kingham (pictured) made his AA debut with five and two-thirds scoreless innings as Altoona shut out Trenton, 4-0. Kingham struggled with his control in the 1st and walked two, but didn't walk any after that and eventually threw 54 of 87 pitches for strikes. He allowed four hits and fanned seven. Trenton isn't one of the better hitting teams in the Eastern League. The Thunder does have two of the Yankees' top prospects, but Tyler Austin is doing just OK and Slade Heathcott is mostly struggling. Alex Dickerson went 2-4 with two doubles and Gift Ngoepe went 2-3 with one double.

-- West Virginia beat Greensboro, 6-4. The Power played without their two big guns, as Josh Bell had a (hopefully) minor issue with his knee yesterday and Stetson Allie got the day off. D.J. Crumlich and Walker Gourley each had two hits, Max Moroff had a two-run double and a walk, and Dilson Herrera went 1-5. Barrett Barnes continued to struggle, going 0-4 with a hit batsman. Pat Ludwig made his first start of the year, as the Pirates push to stretch out as many pitchers as possible in case they're needed to start in Pittsburgh. Ludwig allowed three runs in five innings. Jason Creasy allowed three singles in the 9th, but struck out the side to pick up the save.

-- The DSL Pirates2 walked their way to a 13-3 rout of the DSL Reds. The Bucs drew 15 walks and somehow recorded only six RBIs despite the 13 runs. Two of the team's more prominent Latin American signings had good days, Michael de la Cruz going 3-5 and Jhoan Herrera 3-4.

No box score is available yet for the DSL Pirates1.

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