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Pirates MiLB recap: 4/22/14

The Pirates' upper level pitching depth is looking good after two more strong outings for Indianapolis and Altoona. And Gregory Polanco did some stuff.

-- Casey Sadler (pictured) threw seven shutout innings as Indianapolis beat Toledo, 11-6.  Sadler gave up four hits and two walks, and struck out six.  He threw 64 of 97 pitches for strikes.  Phil Irwin, who's struggling badly, and Cody Eppley, who was making his first appearance on the year, gave up six runs in the 8th and combined to retire only four of 15 hitters faced.  After Eppley loaded the bases in the 9th, Duke Welker had to get the last two outs for the save.  The Prisoner of Indiana went 3-5 with his third HR and four RBIs.  Andrew Lambo, possibly inspired by Travis Snider's pending suspension, went 3-5 with two doubles.  Matt Hague hit his first HR, a three-run shot.

-- Altoona got six shutout innings from Adrian Sampson and blanked Harrisburg, 7-0.  Sampson had his fourth good start to open the season and his second straight with six scoreless innings.  He gave up four hits and one walk, and fanned seven, throwing 61 of 87 pitches for strikes.  Alen Hanson and Stetson each went 3-5 and, in the process, each raised his average to .250.  Hanson had a triple and Allie his third HR.  Gift Ngoepe went 2-3 with a double and a walk, and Mel Rojas 2-5 with three RBIs.

-- Bradenton got hammered by Charlotte, 7-1.  Starter John Kuchno last just an inning and two-thirds, although he allowed only two runs.  Ryan Hafner, Robby Rowland and Jhondaniel Medina all struggled in relief, combining to walk eight in seven innings.  Walker Gourley had to move to the mound from left field to get the last out in the top of the 9th.  Marauders hitters fanned 14 times.  Adam Frazier stayed hot, going 2-4, and Raul Fortunato went 2-3.  Josh Bell went 1-4 with three strikeouts.

-- West Virginia dropped an 8-6 decision to Kannapolis.  Shane Carle had a good start, giving up two runs, one earned, on six hits in five innings.  He walked none and struck out seven.  Isaac Sanchez gave up the other five runs.  Jerry Mulderig walked five in an inning and a third, but didn't get scored on.  Wyatt Mathisen went 3-4, Edwin Espinal 2-4 with a double, and Danny Collins 2-5.  JaCoby Jones went 0-5 and Erich Weiss 1-4 with a walk.