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Pirates MiLB recap: 4/11/14

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Indianapolis ran its record to 8-1 (see, I said they'd be a "juggernaut"), but Altoona blew a 9th-inning lead and the two Class A starters got pummeled.

-- Indianapolis beat Toledo, 6-4.  Gregory Polanco (pictured) went 2-4 with a triple, Andrew Lambo went 1-4 with a walk, and Carlos Paulino went 2-3 with a walk.   Chris McGuiness and Jaff Decker each went 1-3 with a double.  Starter Jake Brigham fanned seven, but lasted only four and a third innings, allowing all the runs.  Zach Thornton got the win with two and two-thirds scoreless innings.  He gave up a hit and a walk, and fanned two.  Andy Oliver showed why he keeps getting chances, retiring the last six hitters, four on strikeouts, including all three in the 9th.

-- Altoona blew a three-run lead in the bottom of the 9th and lost to Richmond, 5-4.  The winning run scored on an Alen Hanson error, his first of the year.  The 9th inning collapse wasted a good outing by Nick Kingham, who allowed just one run in six innings.  He gave up three hits and fanned four, but also had some control issues, walking three and throwing two wild pitches.  Kingham also had a hit in two at-bats.  Willy Garcia got his second HR, and second hit, of the season.  Stetson Allie went 1-3 with a double and a walk, and Gift Ngoepe 1-2 with two walks.  Hanson went 0-4 with a walk.

-- Bradenton got hammered by Jupiter, 9-2.  Josh Bell went 2-4 with a walk and Jose Osuna went 2-5.  Bell is now hitting .429 and Osuna .346.  Nothing else good happened.

-- West Virginia lost to Lexington, 6-3.  After a strong first start, Cody Dickson got hammered, allowing all the runs in four and two-thirds innings.  He gave up ten hits, walked none and fanned three.  Erich Weiss went 3-4 with a double and Wyatt Mathisen 2-3 with a double and a walk.  Justin Maffei, one of the replacements for the Power's many injured outfielders, went 2-2 with two walks.  Reese McGuire went 1-5 and JaCoby Jones 0-4.