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Pirates MiLB recap: 4/30/14

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Indianapolis was off, Altoona's doubleheader got washed out, and Tyler Glasnow wishes Bradenton's game had gotten rained out.

-- Glasnow had a control meltdown as Bradenton lost to Fort Myers, 6-2.  Glasnow lasted two innings, walking seven and striking out none.  He allowed one hit, threw a wild pitch, committed a balk, and gave up only two runs thanks to a line drive double play that ended the 2nd.  Adam Frazier went 3-4, and Josh Bell and Jose Osuna each 2-4.  Max Moroff went 2-3.

-- West Virginia dropped the first game of its doubleheader with Kannapolis, 2-1.  Starter Cody Dickson gave up the two runs in five innings.  He allowed five hits and three walks, and fanned three.  JaCoby Jones went 1-2 with a walk, and Erich Weiss, Edwin Espinal (pictured) and Wyatt Mathisen all went 1-3.  Kawika Emsley-Pai went 2-3.

-- The Power breezed to a 6-0 win in game two as Espinal* went 4-4 with three doubles.  Danny Collins went 3-4 with a double, Jones 2-4 with a double, Weiss 2-4, and Mathisen 1-3 with a walk.  Espinal is hitting .389 with six doubles in his last ten games.  Jones is hitting .440 in his last eight games, with four walks and three strikeouts.  Henry Hirsch and Jerry Mulderig combined on the shutout.  Hirsch threw four innings, allowing three hits and a walk, while Mulderig threw the last three, allowing two hits.  They each fanned three.

* A side note on Espinal, who's probably not a very familiar name -- the Pirates seem to be fairly high on him, as shown by the fact that he's playing first now with Collins in right.  Espinal has a good approach at the plate and makes consistent contact, but despite being a big guy hasn't learned to drive the ball yet.  The Pirates obviously are hoping that will happen.  He just turned 20 in January, so it's worth watching to see whether they're right about him.