One more season came to an end Friday, but not for Austin Meadows and Reese McGuire. The Pirates' two first round draft picks were promoted to Jamestown after the GCL Pirates lost their one-game playoff (see below). This is a move the Pirates typically make with their top rookie-level players, with the GCL season typically ending several days to a week before the NYPL season.
-- Indianapolis scored two in the 8th to tie Louisville, then walked off with a 4-3 win in the bottom of the 9th when Jared Goedert doubled in Travis Snider, who had also doubled. Snider finished 3-5 and Goedert 2-4. Alex Presley also went 2-4, with two doubles. Casey Sadler made his first AAA start, replacing Kris Johnson. The move in turn left Johnson free to start for the Pirates against the Cardinals on Sunday. Sadler allowed three runs on seven hits and one walk over six innings. He struck out five.
-- Altoona wasted an outstanding start by Nick Kingham (pictured) and lost to Akron, 3-1. Against one of the Eastern League's better offensive teams, Kingham threw seven shutout innings, allowing five hits and no walks. He fanned eight. Kingham had been struggling with his control at times recently, but this time threw 69 of 94 pitches for strikes. Unfortunately, once Kingham was out of the game, Jason Townsend allowed three runs. Tony Sanchez went 1-4 and scored the only run after reaching on a double. Alen Hanson went 2-4 and Gregory Polanco 0-4.
-- Bradenton lost to Fort Myers, 4-3. Carlos Mesa hit his ninth HR and Stetson Allie went 1-4.
-- West Virginia hammered Lexington, 10-2. Tyler Glasnow allowed no runs or hits in five innings. He walked four and somehow fanned only four. Jordan Steranka doubled and hit his third HR in four ABs. Raul Fortunato went 3-5 and Max Moroff, Chris Diaz and Kawika Emsley-Pai all 2-4. Diaz and Emsley-Pai had doubles. Josh Bell didn't play.
-- Jamestown blew a 4-0 lead and lost to State College, 6-4. Elvis Escobar and Adam Frazier each had two hits. Chad Kuhl allowed an unearned run on seven hits and no walks in five innings. He fanned seven.
-- The GCL Pirates lost their one-game playoff to the Nationals, 6-1, ending their season. Austin Meadows went 1-3 and Reese McGuire 2-4, but the rest of the lineup went 1-23. Blake Taylor gave up three runs, one earned, in four innings. He allowed just two hits and two walks, and fanned one. Two of the runs scored on an error after Taylor was out of the game.