Pirates MiLB recap:  4/6/14

The Pirates got strong performances from Nick Kingham (pictured) and Gregory Polanco, but West Virginia lost some more outfielders.

-- Indianapolis beat Columbus, 8-3, as Polanco and Brent Morel each went 3-5.  Polanco hit his first HR of the year and Morel added a double.  Chris Dickerson went 2-5 with two doubles.  Andrew Lambo went 0-4 with a walk.  Adam Wilk made his first start for the organization, allowing two runs over five and two-thirds innings on five hits and a walk.  He struck out three.  Andy Oliver gave up a hit and two walks in two and a third relief innings, with no strikeouts.

-- Altoona managed just four hits, but still beat Erie, 5-1, behind six shutout innings from Nick Kingham.  He allowed three hits and three walks, and fanned six while throwing 52 of 86 pitches for strikes.  Zack Dodson threw a scoreless inning, although it took him 24 pitches.  Elias Diaz had a two-run double and went 2-2 in throwing out base stealers.  Stetson Allie and Willy Garcia remain hitless on the year, but Alen Hanson got his first hit, a triple.

-- Bradenton stomped Charlotte, 11-3, as Jonathan Schwind connected for a 1st inning grand slam.  Jin-De Jhang, DHing for the day, added his first HR and went 2-5.  Jeff Roy went 3-4 with a double and Max Moroff, batting cleanup with Josh Bell resting, went 1-3 with a double and a walk.  Chris Stewart caught five innings in his first rehab appearance.  He went 1-2 with a walk, and threw out the only opposing base stealer.  Starter Orlando Castro allowed only four hits and no walks, while fanning seven, in five innings, but he did give up three runs.  Tyler Waldron and Bryton Trepagnier fanned another five in three innings of relief.

-- West Virginia dropped a 5-2 decision to Lexington.  Luis Heredia started and allowed four of the runs in five innings.  He gave up six hits -- half of them doubles and the other half line drive singles, according to MiLB.com -- and walked two, while striking out three.  Francisco Diaz went 2-3 and JaCoby Jones 2-4, with each getting a double.  Reese McGuire didn't play.  Both Barrett Barnes and Harold Ramirez left the game with leg injuries incurred while running out grounders in the 6th inning.

UPDATE:  According to Pirates Prospects, it appears that Barnes and Ramirez may (emphasis on "may," as this is just conjecture at this point) both have suffered hamstring injuries.

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