Pirates MiLB recap:  5/8/14

The Pirates got some big offensive performances and also got one of their top prospects back from injury, but their affiliates still lost three of four.

-- Indianapolis provided special instruction on how not to score runs in the course of losing its fifth straight, 8-4, to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.  In the 1st (against former Pirate draftee, but not signee, Zach Nuding), Chris Dickerson led off with a single, but was thrown out stealing.  Michael Martinez then singled  and Gregory Polanco walked, but Nevin Ashley struck out with the runners going and Martinez was cut down at third.  In the 7th, trailing 3-2, the Indians got the first two runners on base.  They strategerized their way out of that opportunity by having Martinez bunt the runners over, which ensured that Polanco wouldn't get to hit.  After Diego Moreno (Remember him?  He was an Exicardo, along with the real Exicardo, in the trade for A.J. Burnett.) put Polanco on, Ashley hit into a double play the normal way.  Ironically, Ashley finished 3-5 with a double and his first HR.  Polanco went 0-2 with three walks.  Jaff Decker went 2-2 with a double and three walks.  Starter Jake Brigham gave up three runs, two earned, in six innings.  He allowed five hits, walked none and fanned seven.  Cody Eppley failed to retire a batter in relief, and Dan Schlereth and Kenn Kasparek weren't much better.

-- Altoona wasted four HRs and blew a 7-2 lead in a 9-7 loss to Akron.  Keon Broxton (pictured) hit two of the long balls, giving him three on the year.  Elias Diaz went 2-4 with his first HR, and Willy Garcia 2-3 with his fifth.  Alen Hanson went 0-5 with two strikeouts and Stetson Allie 1-5 with a double and a strikeout.  Allie is now hitting .217.  Matt Curry went 1-4 in his first game of the year.  Starter Adrian Sampson gave up four runs on nine hits and two walks in six and a third innings.  He struck out just one.  Jhonathan Ramos and Ryan Beckman combined to allow five runs in one and two-thirds innings of relief.

-- Josh Bell went 3-5 with two doubles and four RBIs to lead Bradenton to an 8-2 win over Charlotte.  Max Moroff went 2-4 and Jin-De Jhang 1-3 with a double.  John Kuchno gave up only two runs, one earned, on three hits, but he lasted just four and a third innings due to five walks.  Thomas Harlan followed with four strikeouts in two and two-thirds scoreless innings.

-- West Virginia lost to Savannah, 5-3.  Harold Ramirez returned from his hamstring injury and went 1-4.  The hit was a bunt single and he followed it by stealing second and third.  Ramirez exited the game after grounding out in his fourth AB.  Hopefully, the Pirates just didn't want him to play nine innings in his return game.  Reese McGuire went 2-4 and picked another runner off first.  Erich Weiss went 2-3 with a walk and two doubles, but he also had three errors.  JaCoby Jones went 0-5 with two strikeouts and Wyatt Mathisen 1-3 with a walk.  Dovydas Neverauskas struggled to get out of the 1st inning, but managed to go four.  He allowed three runs, two earned, on four hits and four walks.

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