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Pirates Minor League Roundup: You Can't Hit Vic Black, But He Can Hit You, And So Can Alen Hanson

The action was a little light on Wednesday, as Indianapolis was off and the GCL Pirates were rained out.

-P- Altoona took a 3-1 lead into the 8th against Trenton, but Jeff Inman gave up a two-run HR to tie the game and the Curve eventually lost in 11 innings, 4-3. Phil Irwin allowed just an unearned run in five innings, the seventh straight game in which he's allowed no more than one earned run. He gave up four hits, walked nobody, and struck out six. Vic Black pitched two innings in relief. He faced seven batters, hit one of them, and fanned the other six. He's now struck out 63 in 46 innings on the season. (Could he help in September? He's going to have to go on the roster this fall anyway.) Nate Baker lost the game when he walked the leadoff hitter in the 11th and the runner came around on a sac bunt, a wild pitch and a sac fly. Jarek Cunningham drove in all three runs with a double and a sac fly. Matt Curry went 0-5 with four strikeouts.

-P- Bradenton took a 5-2 lead into the bottom of the 9th against Lakeland, but Doug Salinas retired only one of the eight batters he faced and the Marauders lost, 6-5. Eliecer Navarro started and allowed two runs on seven hits and no walks in six innings. He struck out five. Dan Grovatt went 2-4 with two doubles, Carlos Paulino 2-4 with one double, and Benji Gonzalez 2-3 with one double.

-P- West Virginia got pounded by Hagerstown, 12-7. Alen Hanson went 3-4 with a triple and a walk, Ashley Ponce went 2-4 with three runs scored, Gregory Polanco went 2-5 and Dan Gamache went 2-4 with a double and a walk. Mike Jefferson started and gave up six runs, five earned, in five innings. Rinku Singh had a rare bad outing, allowing four runs in two innings.

-P- State College lost to Hudson Valley, 4-2. Clay Holmes started and allowed only a run on two hits in four and two-thirds innings, but had control problems, walking five. He fanned four. Samuel Gonzalez hit his 2nd HR. Barrett Barnes has gone on the DL for as-yet unexplained reasons. Tyler Gaffney also hasn't played in several days, but is not on the DL.

-P- The DSL Pirates1 outlasted the Rangers, 9-8. Oderman Rocha and Omar Basulto combined to pitch five and a third scoreless innings in relief, allowing two hits and fanning eight. Ulises Montilla went 3-3 with a triple and two walks to lead the offense. Yunelky Adames went 2-5 with a double and his first HR. Daniel Arribas went 2-4 with a double.

-P- The DSL Pirates2 lost to the Nationals, 8-3. Christopher De Leon threw four scoreless innings in relief, allowing three hits and a walk, and fanning six. Henrry Rosario and Dennis Hurtarte each went 2-5.