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Pirates MiLB recap: 5/1/14

It was not a good day for the Pirates' pitching depth, but it was a better day for wondering why the Pirates can't try to upgrade their lineup.

-- Indianapolis picked up a 3-2 win in a game ended early due to fog with one out in the bottom of the 7th.  Jeff Locke departed, for unknown reasons, after Brock Holt! led off the 3rd with a single.  Locke allowed two runs on three hits and a walk, while striking out one.  Phil Irwin may be getting straightened out, as he allowed no runs in four innings of relief, although he did let Brock Holt! score.  Irwin allowed two hits and no walks, and fanned five.  #FreeAndrewLamboMach2 hit a two-run HR, his second, in three trips.  Gregory Polanco went 1-3 with a triple, dropping his average to .398.

-- Despite a shaky rehab start from Wandy Rodriguez, Altoona won the first game of its doubleheader with Erie, 9-4.  Elias Diaz, who's now hitting .383, went 3-4 and Stetson Allie went 2-4, with both hitting two doubles.  Alen Hanson went 1-3 with his first HR, but came out of the game late for unknown reasons and didn't appear in game two.  Gift Ngoepe went 1-4 with his second HR and Willie Garcia 1-3 with his fourth HR and a walk.  Mel Rojas went 2-3 with a walk.  Rodriguez lasted three and a third innings, allowing four runs on four hits and three walks.  He struck out three and threw 48 of 77 pitches for strikes.  A.J. Morris allowed no runs in two and two-thirds innings, but he did walk in one of Rodriguez' runs.

-- The Curve dropped game two, 5-2.  Joely Rodriguez' struggles continued, as he gave up five runs on eight hits in five innings, with two strikeouts.  Rodriguez didn't walk anybody, but he continued to have trouble throwing strikes, something he did with only 49 of 81 pitches.  Ngoepe went 2-3 and Drew Maggi 2-4 with a double.  Allie went 0-3 with a walk and three strikeouts.

-- Bradenton got blown out, 11-0, by St. Lucie.  Jin-De Jhang went 2-4 with a double.  Chad Kuhl got bombed.  The game sucked.

-- West Virginia edged Kannapolis, 5-4.  JaCoby Jones (pictured) seems to be developing some patience; he went 1-2 with a two-run HR, his second, and three walks.  Michael Fransoso went 3-3 with a walk and his first HR.  Elvis Escobar got his first hits at the full season level, going 2-5.  Danny Collins went 2-4.  Erich Weiss went 0-4 with three strikeouts.  Will Kendall and Brett McKinney combined to allow just an unearned run in five innings of relief.