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Pirates MiLB recap: 4/18/14

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West Virginia got rained out, but the other three affiliates all got shutout pitching from their starters to key wins. And Gregory Polanco is good.

-- Indianapolis got seven shutout innings from Brandon Cumpton (pictured) and thumped Louisville, 9-2.  Cumpton gave up five hits, walked nobody and fanned five, while needing only 86 pitches to get through seven.  He also went 2-3 at the plate.  Duke Welker, who's not having a good year so far, gave up the two runs on three hits and two walks in just one inning.  Andy Oliver walked one and struck out two in the 9th.  Polanco had an average-ish day, going 3-5 with a double and three RBIs.  Chris Dickerson and Chase d'Arnaud each went 2-4 with a walk, and d'Arnaud had a triple.  Andrew Lambo went 1-1 before news of the Ike Davis trade emerged and 0-4 afterward.

-- Altoona edged Richmond, 2-1.  The winning run came in the bottom of the 8th when Alen Hanson tripled and scored on a fielder's choice.  Hanson went 2-4 and Elias Diaz 2-3.  Gift Ngoepe and Stetson Allie each went 0-3 with a walk, and Willy Garcia 1-4 with a double and two strikeouts.  Tyler Sample managed to throw five shutout innings despite walking five.  He gave up two hits and struck out four.  Emmanuel De Leon also struggled with his control again, but allowed only an unearned run in two innings of relief.

-- Bradenton got five shutout innings from Jason Creasy in a 5-3 win over Jupiter.  Creasy gave up three hits and a walk, and fanned three.  Ryan Hafner continued to struggle, giving up three runs on four hits and three walks in three innings of relief.  Bryton Trepagnier gave up a hit and fanned two in the 9th to get the save.  Adam Frazier and Jose Osuna each went 2-3 with a walk, with Frazier collecting a double and a triple.  Jeff Roy also had two hits.  Josh Bell went 1-4 and Jin-De Jhang 0-2.  Jhang picked a rehabbing Rafael Furcal off first.