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Pirates MiLB recap: 5/24/14

Joely Rodriguez showed signs of turning his season around, but a former major leaguer trying to turn his career around shut down Indianapolis.

-- Indianapolis dropped a 3-1 decision to Charlotte.  The Indians couldn't do anything with former Braves starter Tommy Hanson, apart from Chris McGuiness' fourth HR.  Gregory Polanco went 0-4.  Starter Jake Brigham allowed three runs, two earned, in seven innings.

-- Rodriguez (pictured) had his best start of the season as Altoona shut out Erie, 2-0, in the first game of its doubleheader.  Alen Hanson drove in both runs with a double, his only hit in four ABs.  Mel Rojas went 1-1 with three walks and Elias Diaz went 2-3, raising his average to .320.  Stetson Allie went 0-3 with one strikeout.  Rodriguez went six innings, giving up two hits and a walk, and striking out five.  After struggling for much of the season, Rodriguez has an ERA of 2.08 in his last four starts.

-- Altoona lost game two, 7-6, when Brandon Mann allowed a walkoff HR in the bottom of the 8th to Steven Moya, who drove in six runs for Erie.  Starter Tyler Sample gave up just three hits and two walks in five and two-thirds innings, but he still got charged with five runs, four earned.  Gift Ngoepe and Hanson each went 1-3 with a walk.  Hanson hit his fifth HR.  Andy Vasquez was 3-4 with two doubles.  Allie didn't play.

-- Bradenton lost to Charlotte, 9-5.  John Kuchno and Pat Ludwig both got hammered, allowing a combined nine runs on eleven hits in six innings.  Josh Bell was 2-4 with a double and Adam Frazier 2-5 with a triple.  Taylor Lewis hit his first HR.

-- West Virginia got routed by Lakewood, 7-0.  Dovydas Neverauskas gave up all the runs, six of them earned, in three and a third innings.  The Power had only five hits.  Reese McGuire and JaCoby Jones each went 1-3 with a walk.  McGuire extended his hitting streak to 15 games.  Erich Weiss went 2-4 with a double.