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Pirates Minor League Roundup: Lots of Poor Pitching, Including Gerrit Cole and Jameson Taillon

Everybody was in action on Saturday except the two Dominican teams, which are off until Monday.

-P- Indianapolis won a wild one over Columbus, 12-9. The Indians staked Justin Wilson to a 5-1 1st inning lead, but eventually found themselves trailing 9-6 before turning it around. Wilson was Bad Justin, giving up five hits and three walks, along with two wild pitches, in three innings. He faced four batters in the 4th and didn't retire any of them. Dan McCutchen came on with the bases loaded and allowed all the runs to score, leaving Wilson responsible for eight runs, all earned. After McCutchen, Doug Slaten, Jose Diaz, Evan Meek and Tim Wood each threw a scoreless inning. Tony Sanchez continued to show signs of life with the bat, going 2-4 with a double, his 4th HR, a walk, and three RBIs. Brandon Boggs, who's hitting .366 in June and July, hit a three-run shot, his 7th. Starling Marte also had a three-run bomb, his 10th, along with a walk in four ABs. Anderson Hernandez went 4-5. Alex Presley, who is not hurt, went 2-4 with a walk. Yamaico Navarro went 2-4 with a double and a walk, and Chase d'Arnaud went 2-5.

-P- Altoona lost to Akron, 4-3, as Gerrit Cole lasted only four innings. He sailed through the first three without allowing a run, but started off the 4th with: double, HR, double, single. He exited after that inning, having allowed three runs on six hits and a walk, and fanning three. Robbie Grossman went 2-4 with a walk and Brock Holt went 2-5 with a triple. Matt Curry and Adalberto Santos each went 1-3 with two walks.

-P- Bradenton dropped a doubleheader to Brevard County. Jameson Taillon had yet another bad start in game one, as he struggled to throw strikes. He ended up throwing 99 pitches, only 55 for strikes, in 4.2 IP. He allowed six runs on six hits and four walks, while fanning only two in the 7-5 loss. In game two, Matt Benedict, who's appeared overmatched since his promotion from West Virginia, got torched for nine runs in two innings. Bradenton fell behind 11-2, but came back to make it 11-10. The Marauders had the tying run on third with one out in the 7th, but failed to score. On the day, Dan Grovatt went 4-9, Gift Ngoepe went 2-4 with a triple and a walk, Alex Dickerson went 3-8, and Justin Howard went 3-6.

-P- West Virginia rallied from a 6-3 deficit with five runs in the 5th, then held on for the 8-6 win over Augusta. Robby Rowland had a rough start, although he wasn't helped by three errors--including Alen Hanson's 34th--that led to three unearned runs. Rowland allowed four hits in 3.2 IP. He walked three and struck out none. Rinku Singh and the two unrelated Kilcreases, Robbie and Nathan, combined for five and a third scoreless innings in relief, with eight Ks. Taylor Lewis went 2-5, and Jose Osuna hit his 9th HR and drove in three. Gregory Polanco went 1-2 with a walk and two RBIs.

-P- State College played Brooklyn to a scoreless tie through the 5th, but the bullpen imploded, allowing six runs before the Spikes made it look close with three in the 9th, for a final of 6-3. Clay Holmes took care of the scoreless part, allowing only a hit and two walks over five innings, although he fanned just one. The offense managed five hits.

-P- The GCL Pirates scored two in the top of the 9th to tie, then beat the Tigers in eleven innings, 8-7. Four Pirate errors led to six unearned runs, three each charged to Dovydas Neverauskas and David Jagoditch. Neverauskas give up five hits and no walks in three innings, and no earned runs. He fanned one. Jesus Vasquez went 3-5, including a two-run HR, his 2nd, in the 9th. Dilson Herrera went 1-4 with a walk and his 5th HR. Luis Urena went 2-5 but fanned three times.