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Pirates' Minor League Roundup: Good Starts from Colton Cain and Joely Rodriguez

The action was still a little light as Indianapolis and Altoona remained off on Wednesday.

-P- Bradenton came from behind late to beat Brevard County, 5-2. Colton Cain had a solid start, matching former Pirate draftee Drew Gagnon, who started for the opposition. Cain went six, allowing two runs, five hits and two walks, and fanning three. He now has a 1.80 ERA in his last five starts, although he's not striking out a lot of batters. Alex Dickerson went 2-4 with a double, and Carlos Paulino and Justin Howard also contributed two hits apiece. The latter two also pulled off a first-and-third double steal, with Paulino stealing home.

-P- West Virginia finished its suspended game from yesterday--the Power were ahead 6-1 after two--then completed the regularly scheduled game against Rome. The Power finished out the win in the suspended game by an 8-4 margin. The good guys benefited from ten walks in the game, including an Allie-esque performance from the starter, who faced six batters and allowed two hits and four walks. Willy Garcia went 2-3 with a triple and two walks, Jose Osuna went 2-4, and Elias Diaz went 2-5 with a double. Alen Hanson went hitless but contributed two walks and a sac fly. Zack von Rosenberg pitched the two innings before the game was suspended, allowing a run on three hits and a walk, and striking out three. Zac Fuesser picked up when play resumed and got the win with five innings in which he allowed one run on four hits and no walks, while fanning six. West Virginia dropped the regularly scheduled game, which was limited to seven innings, 8-2. Nick Kingham struggled again, allowing five runs in five innings on five hits, two of them HRs, and a walk. He fanned five. The Power had 11 hits, but stranded 11. Jose Osuna went 3-4 with a double. Taylor Lewis went 2-3 with a walk and is now hitting .329.

-P- State College came back from an early 2-0 deficit to beat Staten Island, 3-2. Joely Rodriguez continued to pitch well, allowing two runs, one earned, over five innings. He gave up four hits, walked none, and fanned three. He's allowed only eight hits in his last 15 innings. Fifth round draft pick Adrian Sampson threw three scoreless innings, giving up two hits and a walk, and striking out three. D.J. Crumlich continued with the hot bat, going 3-4 with a double. He's now hitting .328. Ryan Hornback, who's hitting .318, went 2-4.

-P- The GCL Pirates dropped the Blue Jays, 4-3. Elvis Escobar went 2-4 with a double, Dilson Herrera went 2-4, and Candon Myles went 2-3 with two steals. Stetson Allie had a double, but also made two throwing errors. Axel Diaz started and threw four and two-thirds scoreless, hitless innings, but he walked four while fanning three.

-P- The DSL Pirates1 lost to the Mets2, 6-5, in 11 innings. Ulises Montilla hit his 2nd HR and Maximo Rivera hit his 4th. Catcher Daniel Arribas went 2-5 and infielder Fredis Padilla went 2-4 with a double.

-P- The DSL Pirates2 lost to the Yankees1, 7-3. The Bucs' starter, 18-year-old lefty Luis Rico, threw three scoreless innings, giving up a hit and two walks, and fanning three. Nineteen-year-old center fielder Henrry Rosario went 4-4 with a triple.