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Minor League Roundup: Big Day for Yamaico Navarro; Alen Hanson Goes Deep

The recap of Tuesday's action:

-P- Rick VandenHurk ran his record to 8-0 as Indianapolis topped Louisville, 7-3. VandenHurk allowed nine hits in six innings, but only two runs. He walked none and fanned five. Chris Leroux picked a good time to throw two scoreless innings, as he's due to finish his rehab assignment and the Pirates will have to decide whether to clear a roster space for him. Leroux allowed a hit and a walk, and fanned two. Most of the offense came from Yamaico Navarro and Jordy Mercer, each of whom had a double and HR #4. Navarro went 3-4 overall, while Mercer went 2-3. Starling Marte went 1-4 with a walk, stopping his string of eight straight multi-hit games. Oddly, since the Pirates supposedly are concerned about him getting more time in right field, Marte played center. Of course, with Gorkys Hernandez in Pittsburgh, Indy doesn't have another outfielder who can play center.

-P- Jeff Inman gave up two runs in the 8th as Altoona dropped a 3-2 decision to Binghamton. The Curve had only four hits, three of them by Robbie Grossman. Brandon Cumpton allowed only one run through five innings despite walking four and fanning none. He allowed four hits.

-P- Bradenton beat Charlotte, 3-2. Matt Benedict pitched well after struggling in his first two starts for the Marauders. He allowed just an unearned run on two hits and a walk over six innings, while striking out two. Bradenton, like Altoona, had only four hits, including an RBI double by Alex Dickerson.

-P- Ryan Hafner failed to get out of the first inning, possibly due to a single-inning pitch count, as West Virginia lost to Delmarva, 7-3. Hafner recorded only one out while allowing two runs on three hits and two walks. It could have been worse, but Mike Jefferson came on with the bases loaded and one out, and stranded the runners. Alen Hanson led off the game with his 14th HR, his only hit in four ABs. Jose Osuna went 2-4 with his 6th HR.

-P- State College got a good start from Jason Creasy, but lost to Batavia, 6-2. Creasy was shaky early, giving up single runs in the first two innings, but he followed with three scoreless innings. He allowed just four hits and a walk, and fanned six. Samuel Gonzalez drove in both of the Spikes' runs with the team's first HR of the year, in its 16th game. Gonzalez and Ryan Hornback each went 2-4.

-P- The GCL Pirates lost to the Tigers, 6-3. Dovydas Neverauskas started and had trouble throwing strikes. He allowed four runs, two earned, in 3.2 IP, on four hits and four walks. He fanned two. Wyatt Mathisen caught his first game and the Tigers at least tried to run wild on him. They had five steals in seven attempts, with one caught stealing on an attempted steal of home. Mathisen also had two passed balls. Stetson Allie went 0-4 with three strikeouts and an error.

-P- The DSL Pirates1 lost to the Red Sox, 6-2. Christian Henriquez started and went five innings, allowing eight hits, no walks and two runs. He fanned one. Ramses Pena went 2-5 with a double, and Adrian De Aza went 2-4 with a double.

-P- The DSL Pirates2 dropped a 4-1 game to the Phillies. Center fielder Maximo Rivera went 3-4 and is now hitting .380. Middle infielders Jordan Galvez and Pablo Reyes each had a double in four ABs.