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Pirates Minor League Roundup: Zack Dodson Throws (7-inning) Complete Game; Jon Sandfort Struggles in Pro Debut

Bradenton got rained out on Friday, but everybody else was in action.

-P- Indianapolis was on the losing end of a two-hit shutout by Jeanmar Gomez of Columbus. Both Gomez and Daniel Cabrera lasted nine innings. Cabrera gave up the game's only two runs on six hits and two walks, while fanning two. Chase d'Arnaud and Tony Sanchez had singles for the only two Indian hits.

-P- Altoona didn't do any better, getting only three singles in a 3-0 loss to Akron. Kyle McPherson had an OK start, allowing three runs on eight hits and a walk in six innings. He struck out seven. Nate Baker followed with two scoreless innings, fanning three. Baker has a 2.04 ERA and dramatically improved peripheral numbers since moving to relief. Adalberto Santos went 1-2 with two walks. Brock Holt and Ramon Cabrera had the other hits.

-P- West Virginia walloped Rome twice. The Power won game one, 6-1, as Zack Dodson went the seven-inning distance. He allowed four hits and a walk, and fanned three. Taylor Lewis, Gregory Polanco, Chris Lashmet and Jose Osuna all went 2-4. Osuna hit is 8th HR and Polanco had a triple and his 30th steal. Lewis stole three bases and has been successful on nine of ten tries so far. West Virginia won game two by a 9-0 score, as Mike Jefferson combined with two relievers on the shutout. Jefferson, who's mostly struggled this year, went five, allowing two hits and no walks, with two Ks. Alen Hanson went 3-4 with a double and a walk. Polanco went 2-3 and drove in three. He also stole two more bases. Polanco is now hitting .315, Hanson .334, and Lewis .323.

-P- State College pounded Staten Island by an 11-2 margin. Luis Heredia had an uneven start. He allowed only one run on three hits over five innings, but he walked three and fanned none. Jacob Stallings went 4-5 with two doubles to lead the offense. D.J. Crumlich stayed hot, going 2-4. Barrett Barnes went 1-3 with a walk.

-P- The GCL Pirates got shutout on six hits by the Tigers, losing 6-0. Jon Sandfort struggled in his first pro start, getting lifted with two outs in the first due to his pitch count. He allowed two runs on two hits and a walk, but did get strikeouts for the two outs. Harold Ramirez went 2-4. Wyatt Mathisen got a well deserved day off after catching 17 innings yesterday.

-P- The DSL Pirates1 scored four in the top of the 9th to beat the Yankees2, 4-2. Christian Henriquez threw 3.1 IP in relief, allowing no runs on a hit and no walks, fanning four. Daniel Arribas went 2-4 with a double.

-P- The DSL Pirates2 lost to the Giants, 6-2. Luis Santos, a 21-year-old second-year righty who's been the team's best pitcher, started and allowed an unearned run in four innings. He gave up two hits and a walk, and fanned six. The Pirates had only three hits.