Pirates MiLB recap:  7/1/14

It was a better day for the Pirates' rookie level affiliates than the upper level teams, and Bristol finally moved the needle on its HR total.

-- Indianapolis lost to Toledo, 5-3.  Adam Wilk allowed four runs, two earned, in six innings.  He did strike out eight.  Matt Hague provided most of the offense, going 3-4 with a double and his 12th HR.  Tony Sanchez had two throwing errors.

-- Altoona lost to Bowie, 4-3.  Joely Rodriguez gave up four runs on five hits and two walks in five innings.  He struck out four.  Elias Diaz and Kelson Brown each went 2-3.  Jarek Cunningham was 3-4 with a triple that was incorrectly ruled a double by the official scorer.  Gift Ngoepe and Keon Broxton each hit their fifth HRs.  Alen Hanson was 1-4 with a walk.  Stetson Allie didn't play.  I'll have more on this game in the comments.

-- Bradenton got a strong start from Orlando Castro and hung on for a 5-4 win over Fort Myers.  Castro allowed just one hit, a solo HR, in six innings.  He walked none and struck out five.  Jordan Steranka had a three-run HR, his sixth, and Eric Wood (pictured) went 3-4 with three doubles.  Jose Osuna was 2-3.  Adam Frazier had his 13 game hitting streak stopped and Josh Bell got the day off.

-- West Virginia tied its game with Hickory in the bottom of the 8th on a three-run HR by JaCoby Jones, only to see Henry Hirsch allow five runs in the 9th, leaving the Power with an 11-6 loss.  Adam Landecker had to take the mound for the second day in a row to get the last out.  Jones, Harold Ramirez, Edwin Espinal and Kawika Emsley-Pai all went 2-4.  Ramirez now has a 23 game hitting streak, together with a .309 average.  Jones' HR was his ninth.  Erich Weiss was 2-3 and Chris Diaz 2-5.  Luis Heredia had a rough start, giving up five runs in six innings on nine hits, including two HRs.  He walked two and struck out two.

-- Jamestown lost to Williamsport, 6-3.  Starter Tyler Eppler gave up three runs on seven hits in four innings.  He walked none and fanned five.  Jordan Luplow, who seems none the worse for wear after his collision a few days ago, was 2-3 with a double and a walk.  Carl Anderson, Michael Fransoso and Tyler Filliben each went 2-4.

-- Bristol found the seats for the first time all year in an 8-1 win over Pulaski.  Enyel Vallejo and Daniel Arribas hit the team's first two longballs in its 12th game.  Vallejo was 2-5 on the day, adding a triple and four RBIs.  Pablo Reyes was 2-5 with a double and Nathan Tomaszewski 2-3.  Starter Jonathan Sandfort allowed one run on four hits and a walk in four innings.  He fanned six.  Junior Lopez followed with five shutout innings to qualify for the win.  He gave up just one hit, walked nobody and struck out five.

-- The GCL Pirates beat the Yankees2, 5-3.  Cole Tucker was 2-3 with a walk, Henrry (yes, Henrry) Rosario 2-4 with a double and a triple, and Sam Kennelly 3-4.  Starter Jose Batista gave up three runs in three innings, but four relievers combined to pitch six two-hit, shutout innings, with eight strikeouts.

-- The DSL Pirates scored a run in the bottom of the 9th to tie their game against the Angels, then won it in the 10th on a walkoff single by Yunelky Adames.  Eliezer Ramirez, who tied the game with a two-out, RBI infield single in the 9th, was 3-4.  Luis Perez was 3-3 with a double and two walks, and Jeremias Portorreal 2-4 with a walk.

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