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Pirates MiLB recap: 5/25/14

Brent Morel and Stetson Allie had big days, but only one led to a win. Meanwhile, Bradenton and West Virginia both won with late rallies.

-- Morel drove in five runs as Indianapolis outscored Charlotte, 10-6.  Morel had a single, a double and his second HR in five ABs, raising his average to .204.  Matt Hague went 2-4 with three runs scored and Chris Dickerson 1-3 with a walk and three runs scored.  Adalberto Santos made a rare appearance, going 2-3 with a double and a walk.  Gregory Polanco was 1-5 with two strikeouts.  Starter Casey Sadler didn't have an easy time with the weak-hitting Knights, giving up four runs on eight hits, including two HRs, in six innings.  He walked none and struck out three.

-- Allie (pictured) was 2-3 with a walk, with both of his hits leaving the yard, but Altoona still lost to Erie, 6-5.  Allie drove in three and now has ten HRs on the year.  Alen Hanson, Mel Rojas, Willy Garcia and Drew Maggi all went 2-4, with Rojas collecting a double.  Maggi is now hitting .322 and seems to have worked his way into the starting lineup as a super-utility player.  Starter Adrian Sampson allowed two runs on seven hits and two walks in six innings.  He struck out two.  Sampson left with a 5-2 lead, but Matt Benedict gave up four runs in two innings to lose the game.  As an aside here, Benedict is one of the more puzzling pitchers in the system.  He doesn't have great stuff and his performance since being promoted from West Virginia in mid-2012 has ranged from poor to horrible, mostly the latter (8.08 ERA at Bradenton after the 2012 promotion, 8.61 this year for Altoona).  Nevertheless, he's in AA now and keeps getting chances.  The Pirates must see something there, but I have no idea what it is.

-- Bradenton scored three in the bottom of the 9th, with the help of a couple of errors, and beat Charlotte, 6-5.  Jeff Roy, who went 2-4, ended the game with a walkoff single.  Max Moroff went 2-4 with a double and Jonathan Schwind 2-3 with a triple and a walk.  Raul Fortunato added his second HR.  Starter Orlando Castro allowed two runs on five hits and no walks in six innings.  He fanned six.

-- West Virginia broke a tie with a six-run 8th inning to beat Lakewood, 7-1.  Starter Shane Carle gave up one run on five hits and a walk in seven innings.  He struck out three.  Harold Ramirez went 2-4 and Erich Weiss 2-3.  Elvis Escobar capped the big rally with a grand slam, his second HR.  Reese McGuire didn't play, so he'll take his 15-game hitting streak to Rome (Georgia) tomorrow.