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Pirates Minor League Roundup: 3 Come-From-Behind, Extra-Inning Wins And Homer No. 8 For Gift Ngoepe

West Virginia was rained out, but everybody else was in action on Thursday.

-P- Indianapolis split a doubleheader with Columbus. The Indians lost game one, 4-1. Jeff Locke had a shaky start, allowing four runs, two earned, along with eight hits and two walks, in five innings. He fanned three. Duke Welker and Chris Leroux each threw a scoreless inning in relief. In game two, Indy won, 2-1, on a walkoff single by Yamaico Navarro in the 8th. Kris Johnson started and threw four shutout innings. Bryan Morris allowed the only run in two innings of work. Nobody did much at the plate, as Indianapolis had only seven hits total in the two games.

-P- Altoona also won in extra innings, beating Akron, 3-2, in 12. Five Curve pitchers combined to allow only three hits. Tim Alderson started and allowed two runs, one earned, on two hits and a walk in five innings. He fanned eight. Mike Colla threw two scoreless innings in relief, striking out three. Since moving back to the bullpen, Colla has a 1.33 ERA. Jeff Inman had an interesting outing: He entered in the 8th, walked the first three hitters he faced, then pitched out of it and also threw a scoreless 9th. Robbie Grossman went 2-3 with a double and two walks. Drew Maggi went 2-5. DH Adalberto Santos went 1-5 in his return to AA after being out since the end of April.

-P- Bradenton hammered Brevard County, 10-3. Gift Ngoepe went 3-4 with his 8th HR, and Dan Grovatt and Mel Rojas, Jr., went 3-5. Andy Vasquez, Justin Howard and Kawika Emsley-Pai each had two hits. Tyler Waldron gave up two runs in the first, but no more during his six innings. He allowed five hits and a walk, and fanned three.

-P- State College came back from a 3-0 deficit to defeat Staten Island, 5-3. Jake Burnette had a weak start, allowing three runs on four hits and three walks in four innings. He struck out none. Tyler Gaffney, batting leadoff, recorded his first two pro hits in going 2-3. Yhonathan Barrios tried to resurrect his prospect status by going 3-3.

-P- The GCL Pirates trailed the Blue Jays 3-0 in the 9th, but tied the game, then eventually won, 6-3 in 17 innings. Aaron Pribanic allowed two runs in two innings in his first rehab outing. Isaac Sanchez, Alex Lukashevich, Martires Cadet and Aneudy Merejo combined for ten and two-thirds scoreless innings in relief, allowing five hits and a walk among them while fanning 11. Harold Ramirez was the only Pirate to collect more than one hit, as he went 2-7. Wyatt Mathisen caught the entire game and threw out two of three would-be base stealers.

-P- The DSL Pirates1 beat the Yankees2, 9-3. Ramses Pena went 2-4 with two doubles and a walk, and Carlos Ozuna went 2-5. Cesilio Pimentel started and gave up one run in four innings on three hits and three walks, with four strikeouts.

-P- The DSL Pirates2 lost to the Giants, 12-3, as Pirate pitchers walked nine. Christopher De Leon had an interesting line: 1.2 IP, 0 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 3 K. He gave up two walks and two hit batsmen, then the next pitcher came on and walked in three runs. Dennis Hurtarte went 2-4.