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Minor League Roundup: Um . . . Nothing Much Good Happens

While the Pirates' "hitters" were staging yet another embarrassing whifftacle, their affiliates were losing three games of their own. Bradenton was off due to the FSL All-Star break.

-P- Indianapolis lost to Charlotte, 6-1. Daniel Cabrera, whose attempt to get back to MLB isn't going terribly well, allowed five runs on ten hits over four innings. Evan Meek pitched a scoreless inning, allowing two hits. Chris Leroux continued his rehab, allowing a run on two hits and a walk in one inning. He fanned two. The Indians' hitters managed only four hits. #FreeJeffClement has turned into #FriedJeffClement, going 1-22 in his last five games. Former Pirate Donnie Veal pitched two perfect innings against Indy, fanning four of the six batters he faced. Indy hitters whiffed 11 times in all.

-P- Altoona couldn't hold a 3-0 lead and dropped a 4-3 game to Binghamton. Brandon Cumpton pitched shutout ball for four innings but ran out of gas in the 5th and 6th. He went 5.1 IP, allowing all four runs on seven hits and no walks, with four Ks. Hunter Strickland made his AA debut with a scoreless inning, allowing one hit and fanning one. Brock Holt and Jarek Cunningham each went 2-5, and Ramon Cabrera went 2-3 with a double and a walk. Evan Chambers, Drew Maggi and Stefan Welch also made their AA debuts. Maggi played left, which isn't exactly an endorsement of his middle infield prospect status, and went 1-4 with a double. Welch went 0-4 and Chambers fanned as a pinch-hitter. Altoona hitters struck out 13 times.

-P- West Virginia couldn't hold an early 2-0 lead against Hagerstown and lost, 5-2, in ten innings. Matt Benedict threw five shutout innings, but Rinku Singh gave up two runs in the 7th. Zac Fuesser eventually entered in the 10th and gave up three runs on four hits and two walks to take the loss. The Power had only six hits, with Dan Gamache and Taylor Lewis each going 2-4. Somehow, West Virginia's hitters failed to strike out in double figures. Nevertheless, a move is afoot to replace "K" with "P" in baseball scorebook notation.