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Pirates MiLB recap: 5/22/14

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Willy Garcia showed why scouts like tools, Jeff Locke had a typically locketty start, Bradenton mounted a late comeback, and West Virginia nearly mounted an amazing one.

-- Indianapolis got off to a 4-0 lead and hung on for a 7-5 win over Charlotte.  Locke continued to make a case for Brandon Cumpton joining the Pirates' rotation.  Against easily the weakest hitting team in the International League, Locke allowed three runs on five hits and five walks in six innings.  He struck out four and threw 58 of 97 pitches for strikes.  Chris Dickerson went 2-4 with a double and his fourth HR.  Matt Hague added his fourth HR and Michael Martinez went 2-3.  Gregory Polanco went 1-3 with a walk.

-- Garcia (pictured) went 3-4 with a double and two HRs as Altoona beat Akron, 7-3.  Garcia drove in four and the HRs gave him seven on the year.  Matt Curry added his first HR and Elias Diaz went 2-4.  Stetson Allie went 1-4 with two strikeouts.  Alen Hanson went 0-3 and came out of the game after popping out in the 5th.  Starter A.J. Morris allowed just one run over seven innings on four hits and no walks.  He fanned three.

-- Bradenton scored two with two out in the bottom of the 9th on a popup single by Jacob Stallings, giving them a 2-1 win over Daytona.  Starter Tyler Glasnow had some control problems, walking two in the 1st, although none after that.  He lasted four innings, giving up one run on five hits.  Glasnow fanned six and threw 53 of 81 pitches for strikes.  Thomas Harlan threw four scoreless innings for the win.  Stallings and Walker Gourley each went 2-3.  Josh Bell was 2-4.

-- Cody Dickson had a dismal start for West Virginia, giving up nine runs, four earned, on seven hits and three walks in just an inning and a third.  He struck out one.  The Power battled back, though, scoring three in the 9th before they failed to plate the winning run from third with one out, leaving them with a 10-9 loss to Lakewood.  Relievers Henry Hirsch and Felipe Gonzalez gave the Power a chance by allowing only one run in seven and two-thirds innings.  Gonzalez threw four perfect innings, fanning four.  Edwin Espinal, just returned from injury, had a walk, a double and his first HR in four ABs, with three RBIs.  Harold Ramirez went 1-4 with a double, Reese McGuire 1-5 with a double and two walks, Wyatt Mathisen 2-3 with two walks, JaCoby Jones 1-6 with four strikeouts, and Erich Weiss 0-2 with three walks.  The Power was helped in their comeback attempt by ten walks.