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Pirates MiLB recap: 4/27/14

Josh Bell drove in five runs and Indianapolis got a big effort from two struggling pitching prospects.

-- Tyler Waldron, Andrew Oliver and Vin Mazzaro combined on a two-hitter as Indianapolis beat Syracuse, 2-1.  Waldron has struggled through most of his pro career, but his first AAA appearance and first start of the year -- necessitated when the Pirates called up Casey Sadler -- resulted in just one run over four innings.  Waldron gave up two hits and a walk, and fanned five.  He even walked and scored a run.  Oliver fanned five and walked two in two and two-thirds hitless innings.  He's now allowed just one run in his last 11.2 IP.  Mazzaro also threw hitless ball over the last two and a third innings.  He walked three and struck out none.  The Indians had only four hits.  Gregory Polanco went 1-3 with a walk and an RBI, leaving his average at an even .400.  Andrew Lambo went 1-4 and drove in the other run.

-- Altoona dropped a 6-4 decision to Akron.  After four strong starts to open the season, Adrian Sampson failed to survive the 2nd, probably due to his pitch limit.  He gave up two runs in an inning and two-thirds.  Alen Hanson went 2-5 with a triple.  Gift Ngoepe hit his first HR while going 1-5.  Stetson Allie went 0-4 with two strikeouts.

-- Bradenton took a 5-0 lead and held on to beat St. Lucie, 7-6.  Bell (pictured) went 2-4 with his second HR and a triple.  John Kuchno allowed three runs in five innings.  Ryan Hafner continued to struggle, giving up five hits in two innings and allowing both of his inherited runners to score.

-- West Virginia -- now playing without its catcher, entire outfield and top starter -- lost to Hagerstown, 5-2.  The Power managed only four hits, with Candon Myles getting a single and triple in four trips.  Starter Shane Carle allowed nine hits and four runs in five and a third innings.