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Pirates MiLB recap: 4/14/14

The rain gods had mercy on Columbus and washed out their game with Indianapolis. The Altoona bullpen wasted a good start, while the two class A teams got good but abbreviated starts.

-- Zack Dodson (pictured) rebounded with some shutout pitching, but Altoona blew a late 3-0 lead and lost to Harrisburg, 4-3, on a two-out hit in the bottom of the 10th.  Dodson went five and two-thirds, giving up six hits and three walks, and striking out five.  Matt Benedict and Brandon Mann combined to give up the four runs over the last four innings.  Elias Diaz went 2-4 with two doubles and Keon Broxton 2-2.  Alen Hanson and Stetson Allie each went 1-5, and Gift Ngoepe 1-4 with a double and a walk.  Willy Garcia went 1-4 with his third HR.  All four hitters fanned twice each.  Altoona as a team struck out 13 times and walked once, which is pretty symptomatic of the Curve offense.

-- Bradenton beat Palm Beach, 5-2.  Chad Kuhl gave up one run in four and two-thirds innings.  He allowed five hits, walked one and struck out five.  Tyler Waldron threw two scoreless innings for the save.  Jeff Roy scored three runs without getting a hit.  Jose Osuna went 1-4 with a double, Adam Frazier 1-4 with a walk, and Jonathan Schwind 2-4.  Josh Bell went 0-3.  Max Moroff, off to a very rough, .118 start, went 0-4.  Jin-De Jhang, who's cooled off after a good start, went 0-4 with two strikeouts.

-- West Virginia edged Asheville, 3-2.  Shane Carle went four and two-thirds, allowing one run on four hits and a walk, and fanning six.  Yhonathan Barrios got the save with two scoreless innings, giving up one hit and no walks, and striking out two.  Edwin Espinal went 1-2 with a double and JaCoby Jones 1-4.  Reese McGuire went 1-2 with a walk and threw out the only opposing base stealer.