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Pirates MiLB recap: 5/19/14

Indianapolis, Altoona and Bradenton combined to play four one-run games, winning three, and Reese McGuire continued to hit.

-- Indianapolis dropped the first game of its doubleheader with Gwinnett, 4-3, in ten innings.  Starter Jake Brigham gave up three runs in six innings.  Andy Oliver allowed the losing run with one out in the bottom of the 10th, but threw three scoreless innings before that.  Chris Dickerson and Chris McGuiness each went 2-4.  McGuiness had a double and his third HR.  Some guy pretending to be Gregory Polanco went 0-5.

-- The Indians won the second game by the same score.  Casey Sadler went the distance (seven innings), allowing six hits, walking none and striking out five.  One of the runs was unearned.  Sadler threw 105 pitches, 65 for strikes, so he seems to be stretched out.  The real Polanco went 2-3 with a double.  Brent Morel had a two-run triple.

-- A two-run single by Mel Rojas (pictured) in the bottom of the 8th helped Altoona to a 4-3 win over Akron.  The Curve bunched their hits -- ten of their eleven hits came from the first four batters in their order -- but two caught stealings and a pickoff kept them from taking full advantage.  Gift Ngoepe went 3-4, Rojas 3-4 with a double and three RBIs, and Matt Curry 3-3 with a double.  Alen Hanson was 1-3 with a walk.  Stetson Allie was 0-2 with two walks.  Joely Rodriguez allowed two runs and three hits in five and two-thirds innings, but he continued to have trouble throwing strikes.  He struck out two and walked three, and threw only 54 of 94 pitches for strikes.

-- Bradenton beat Dunedin in ten innings, 5-4.  Jonathan Schwind went 3-5 with his second HR and Josh Bell 2-6 with his fourth.  Jeff Roy went 2-5 and doubled in the winning run.  Ryan Hafner and Bryton Trepagnier combined for five scoreless, hitless innings in relief.

-- West Virginia lost to Delmarva, 6-2.  Starter Shane Carle allowed four runs in six innings, but only two were earned.  He allowed just five hits and one walk, and fanned two.  Jared Lakind made his first appearance of the year, giving up two runs, one earned, in two innings.  Reese McGuire went 2-3 with a walk, and picked another runner off first.  He's hitting .357 in May.  Harold Ramirez and JaCoby Jones each went 1-3.  Ramirez had a double and a walk.