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Pirates Minor League Roundup: 5 Shutout Innings Each For Jameson Taillon, Adrian Sampson

The roundup of Saturday's action:

-P- Indianapolis repeatedly blew leads and lost to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, 9-8, in ten innings. Justin Wilson had yet another control meltdown, losing a 3-0 lead when he walked three batters in the 4th. He threw 73 pitches and lasted only three and two-thirds, allowing three runs on two hits and three walks, and fanning one. No matter how dominant he is much of the time, innings like the 4th in this game will keep Wilson out of the majors. Bryan Morris allowed one run in three innings, giving up three hits, walking none and fanning two. Doug Slaten lasted just one third of an inning, allowing three runs to blow a three-run 8th inning lead. The Indians took the lead in the 10th on an RBI single by Chase d'Arnaud, but Tim Wood gave up two to lose it in the bottom half. Jose Tabata went 3-6 and d'Arnaud 2-5. Tony Sanchez played first and went 2-3 with two walks.

-P- Altoona lost to New Britain, 8-6. Kris Johnson went five innings and allowed four runs, two earned. Nate Baker and Hunter Strickland each allowed two runs in relief. Adalberto Santos went 3-5 and is now hitting .402. Ramon Cabrera went 2-2 with three walks and Jarek Cunningham went 2-3 with a walk. Matt Curry struck out three times, two days after a four-strikeout game, and is hitting .111 in his last ten games.

-P- Alex Dickerson hit a two-run HR in the first, his 11th, and that was all the scoring as Bradenton shut out Palm Beach, 2-0. Jameson Taillon threw five shutout innings, allowing two hits and no walks, and striking out four. I'm not sure why he came out as he threw only 61 pitches. Josh Poytress and Jason Townsend combined for four shutout innings in relief. Dickerson went 2-3. Mel Rojas, Jr., had the Marauders' only other hit, but also struck out three times.

-P- West Virginia routed Lakewood, 9-1. Porfirio Lopez threw five shutout innings in his first start of the year. (Lopez was starting because Zack Dodson has been placed on the inactive list for undisclosed reasons, which usually means some sort of disciplinary action.) Dan Gamache went 3-4 with two doubles, Willy Garcia 2-3 with two doubles, and Taylor Lewis 2-5 with one double. Gamache is tied for second in the SAL with 31 doubles. Alen Hanson hit his 16th HR, his only hit in five ABs. Jose Osuna got the day off. West Virginia again played errorless ball.

-P- State College scored on a walkoff error in the 9th to beat Aberdeen, 3-2. Adrian Sampson allowed just an unearned run on three hits and a walk in five innings, with five Ks. Dalton Friend added two shutout innings. The Spikes had seven hits, all singles.

-P- The GCL Pirates used seven pitchers to beat the Blue Jays, 5-1. Jon Sandfort started and allowed no runs in two and two-thirds, giving up a hit and two walks, and fanning none. Colten Brewer made his first appearance in four weeks, pitching a scoreless inning. Elvis Escobar went 4-4 with a triple and Eric Wood went 3-4. Wood is now hitting 316/413/519, with 11 walks and 13 Ks. Jorge Bishop hit his 2nd HR.

-P- The DSL Pirates1 failed to hold a one-run, 9th inning lead over the Mets2 and lost in the 10th, 6-5. Christian Henriquez started and threw two and two-thirds scoreless innings (I have no idea why the starter comes out with two outs in the third and no runs allowed), and Omar Basulto threw four and a third scoreless in relief. Ulises Montilla went 2-4 with a double and Yunelky Adames 2-4 with a triple.

-P- The DSL Pirates2 had their game with the Diamondbacks/Reds suspended in the middle of the 4th with the Pirates leading, 1-0.