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Pirates' Minor League Roundup: Mediocre Starts for Chris Leroux and Gerrit Cole; Chase d'Arnaud Is Red Hot

Light action again on Monday, as Bradenton was rained out and West Virginia was off.

-P- Indianapolis beat Columbus, 8-5. Chase d'Arnaud, who's been laboring lately under the impression that he's Brock Holt or something, went 4-5 with a double and three runs. The real Brock Holt went 3-5. Dallas McPherson, whose OPS is well over 1.000 since joining the Indians, went 2-3 with two walks, a double, his 17th HR and three RBIs. Alex Presley went 2-5 with a double and Tony Sanchez tweeted his 8th HR. Chris Leroux had his third straight, ill-timed, mediocre outing, giving up four runs over 6.2 IP. He allowed six hits, including four doubles, and walked two while fanning seven. Dan McCutchen gave up a run over the last two and a third.

-P- Altoona split a doubleheader with Akron. Gerrit Cole had control problems in game one, walking six in 6.1 IP. He gave up six hits and four runs, although all the runs were unearned. He struck out four. Surprisingly, the Pirates let him throw 110 pitches. The Curve had just four hits and lost, 4-0. Altoona came back to win game two, 7-1. The big blow was a grand slam by Andrew Lambo, his 3rd HR. Drew Maggi went 2-4. Jason Townsend got the win with four scoreless innings in relief, although he gave up four hits and three walks, and fanned nobody.

-P- State College gave up seven runs in the 1st and got annihilated by Auburn, 12-1. Starter Jason Creasy allowed five runs in two-thirds of an inning and reliever Clario Perez gave up another five in four innings. The Spikes got only three hits.

-P- The DSL Pirates1 broke a 1-1 tie in the 9th with four runs and held on to beat the Mets2 in their playoff opener, 5-3. Starter Luis Santos allowed just one hit and walked none in five innings. He struck out six. Daniel Arribas, Maximo Rivera and Yunelky Adames all went 2-4, and Pablo Reyes keyed the 9th inning rally with a bases-loaded triple. The Bucs will look to close out the best-of-three series tomorrow.