Pirates MiLB recap:  4/17/14

Casey Sadler and Orlando Castro had strong starts, Nick Kingham had a decent one, and Indianapolis keeps piling on the hits.

-- Indianapolis returned to its winning ways, easing to a 6-2 win over Louisville.  Sadler gave up two runs in the first, but followed with six shutout innings.  He allowed four hits and one walk, and fanned two.  He threw only 85 pitches.  Daniel Schlereth and Jared Hughes, both of whom have yet to allow a run, each threw a scoreless inning.  Gregory Polanco went only 2-5, which dropped his average to .423.  Brent Morel (pictured) went 3-5 and is now hitting 317/378/488.  Chris Stewart went 3-4 and Chris McGuiness 2-5.  The Indians, who are batting .295 as a team, had 13 hits, all singles and 11 of them off what remains of Chien-Ming Wang.  #FreeAndrewLambo didn't play, and Travis Ishikawa is still Travis Ishikawa.

-- Altoona lost a 2-1 squeaker to Richmond.  Kingham allowed the two runs, both unearned, in five innings.  He gave up five hits and three walks, and struck out three.  He doesn't seem to have been sharp, as he threw 83 pitches, only 48 for strikes.  Stetson Allie provided the only run for Altoona with a leadoff HR, his second, in the 9th.  Elias Diaz went 2-3 and is hitting .400.  Alen Hanson went 1-3 with a walk, and Willy Garcia 1-4.

-- Bradenton scored two in the 7th to post a come-from-behind win, 2-1 over Jupiter.  Castro -- who may be a prospect or may not, I have no idea -- allowed one run in six innings on five hits and two walks.  He struck out four.  Jhondaniel Medina survived a couple baserunners in the 9th to get the save.  The Marauders had just four hits.  Eric Wood made his first appearance of the year following a spring injury and went 1-4 with a double.  Jin-De Jhang went 1-3 and Josh Bell 0-4.

-- West Virginia scored three in the 7th to edge Kannapolis, 4-3.  Danny Collins went 2-4 with a double, Reese McGuire 1-4, and JaCoby Jones 0-4.  McGuire threw out two of three base stealers and now has a CS% of 50%.  Felipe Gonzalez started and allowed three runs, one earned, in four innings.  He gave up six hits and two walks, and fanned five.  I know almost nothing about Gonzalez except that he hadn't pitched above the GCL until this year, he missed one season with an injury, and the Pirates acquired him in the minor league phase of the Rule 5 draft.  They must think something of him or they wouldn't have moved him up to low A.  Jerry Mulderig, who's been very erratic so far, allowed two hits and no walks, and fanned seven in four innings of relief.  Yhonathan Barrios pitched a scoreless 9th for the save.

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