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Pirates' Minor League Roundup: Phil Irwin Fans Nine; Babe Avila Goes Deep Again

Lots of action everywhere but in the majors on Thursday . . . .

-P- Phil Irwin fanned nine over six innings in his second AAA start as Indianapolis dropped Louisville, 6-1. He gave up one run on five hits and a walk. Justin Wilson later threw a scoreless 8th, but allowed a hit and a walk, and threw only ten of twenty pitches for strikes. Chase d'Arnaud continued his efforts to salvage a dismal season by going 2-3 with a walk and his 5th HR. Tony Sanchez went 2-4 with a double and Matt Hague went 2-4.

-P- Altoona edged Richmond, 2-1. Tyler Waldron allowed one run one run on six hits and two walks in 5.2 IP, with five Ks. #FreeVicBlack (yeah, it's time) retired the side in order in the 9th, allowing one hitter to put a ball in play to give his defense a sense of purpose. Quincy Latimore went 2-2 with a double and two (?!) walks. Oscar Tejeda went 2-4. Gustavo Nunez went 0-4 in his first game for the Curve as he makes his apparently inexorable march toward his Rule 5 debut in September.

-P- Bradenton lost to Fort Myers, 7-3. Kirk Singer went 3-4 and Carlos Mesa 2-4.

-P- West Virginia lost a close one to Hickory, 4-3. Two of the Power's runs came in on a bomb by Eric Avila, his 10th on the season and sixth in eight games. He went 2-4 overall. Elias Diaz went 2-3 with a double. Zack von Rosenberg struggled again, allowing all the runs in five innings, although three were unearned. He gave up seven hits, walked two and fanned two.

-P- The State College bullpen surrendered four runs in the 7th as the Spikes lost to Auburn, 6-3. Adrian Sampson started and allowed two runs on four hits and two walks in 4.2 IP, with four Ks. Jesus Vasquez, Samuel Gonzalez and Chris Diaz all went 0-4, with Vasquez belting his 5th HR.

-P- The GCL Pirates beat the Phillies twice. The first was the completion of yesterday's game, suspended with the Pirates winning, 2-0, after two innings. The Pirates picked up where they left off and finished with a 6-0 edge. Jon Sandfort started and pitched two innings before the suspension. He gave up two hits and no walks, and fanned two. Cesar Lopez picked up on Thursday with five shutout innings in which he allowed just a hit and a walk, and recorded five Ks. Dilson Herrera went 2-5 with two doubles, Max Moroff went 2-3 and a walk, Harold Ramirez went 2-5 with a triple, and Elvis Escobar hit an inside-the-park homer, his 2nd pro longball. In the regularly scheduled game, which only went seven innings, the Bucs won, 4-2. Dovydas Neverauskas allowed one run over 4.2 IP, on four hits and two walks, and four Ks. The Bucs had only four hits, but one was a bases loaded triple by Jin-De Jhang. Edwin Espinal went 2-4.

-P- The DSL Pirates1 beat the Marlins, 9-2. The Bucs had 16 hits, six walks and four HBPs, and left 14 on base. Starter Oderman Rocha allowed two runs in five innings on four hits and two walks, while striking out five. Luylli Miranda threw three scoreless innings, allowing two hits and striking out four. Adrian De Aza went 4-5 with a double and triple. Carlos Munoz went 3-4 with two doubles and a walk. Carlos Esqueda went 2-4 with a double, a triple and two walks. Tito Polo went 2-2 and got hit by three pitches.

-P- The DSL Pirates1 beat the Phillies, 2-0, in a game shortened to six and a half innings. Mervin Del Rosario went five innings, allowing two hits and a walk, and fanning three. The Bucs had only four hits, with catcher Reggie Cerda going 2-2 with a triple.