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Pirates' Minor League Roundup: Good Starts for Jeff Locke and Nick Kingham

Typical Sunday, with the rookie level teams off . . . .

-P- Indianapolis lost to Syracuse, 5-3. Jeff Locke pitched well in his first start since returning to AAA, giving up two runs on four hits and a walk in six innings. He fanned five. He left with a 3-2 lead, but Jo-Jo Reyes gave up three runs in two-thirds of an inning to blow the game. If nothing else, that should reduce the already very slim risk of him getting called up to serve as a LH reliever. Dallas McPherson hit his first HR since joining the Indians, his 13th on the year. Alex Presley, Brock Holt, McPherson and Brandon Boggs each had two hits.

-P- Altoona dropped a 4-2 decision to New Hampshire. Mike Colla returned to starting duty and gave up three runs in four innings. Adalberto Santos had a rare bad day, going 0-5.

-P- Bradenton lost to Jupiter, 10-6. I've spent the last two days watching the Marauders and, rather than dwell on the details, I'll just say that, with Cole and Taillon gone, this team is not too far from being devoid of prospect interest. In this game, Kenn Kasparek got battered for six runs on nine hits in 3.2 IP. Andy Vasquez went 2-5 with his 5th HR and three RBIs. Kirk Singer and Justin Howard also had two hits apiece.

-P- West Virginia beat Kannapolis, 5-1. Nick Kingham went six innings, allowing the one run on two hits and no walks, and striking out three. Jose Osuna went 2-4 with a double and his 16th HR. Eric Avila homered for the 4th straight game, his 8th. Alen Hanson, Francisco Aponte and Junior Sosa each had two hits.

-P- State College got edged by Williamsport, 5-4. Clay Holmes struggled, giving up five runs on six hits and three walks in 4.2 IP. He fanned only one. Alex Fuselier had three hits, and Yhonathan Barrios and Jodaneli Carvajal each had two.