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Pirates MiLB recap: 5/30/14

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Indianapolis and West Virginia broke open tie games with big innings, while Altoona and Bradenton wasted great starts.

-- Indianapolis broke open a tie game with an eight-run 5th inning and cruised to an 11-6 win over Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.  Spot starter Jay Jackson threw four shutout innings, fanning five.  Dan Schlereth and Cody Eppley combined to allow four runs over the next two innings.  Newcomer Josh Wall then gave up three hits and a run in his one inning, keeping his Indy ERA at an even 9.00.  He did strike out the side.  The red-hot Blake Davis led the offense, going 3-4 with three RBIs.  He now has seven hits in his last ten ABs.  Chris McGuiness went 2-5, Gregory Polanco 1-3 with a walk, and Tony Sanchez 1-3 with a double  Most of Indy's big inning came at the expense of Diego Moreno, who went to the Yankees in a trade that cost the Pirates the services of Exicardo Cayones.

-- Altoona wasted eight scoreless innings from Adrian Sampson (pictured), dropping a 1-0 game to New Hampshire in 12 innings.  Sampson threw only 81 pitches, walked nobody and gave up six hits.  He fanned five.  It should be noted that New Hampshire is an extremely weak-hitting team.  Altoona hitters struck out 16 times.  (The New Hampshire starter, 30-year-old former top prospect Radhames Liz, accounted for half of these in just over five innings.)  Matt Curry fanned all five times up, stranding eight runners.  Mel Rojas went 2-2 and then exited for a pinch-hitter.  Alen Hanson was 1-6 and Stetson Allie 0-5 with two strikeouts.

UPDATE: After the game, Rojas was promoted to Indianapolis.  Indy will be playing without Andrew Lambo for most of the rest of the year and also just lost Chris Dickerson to the disabled list.  Rojas had a 303/379/446 line in AA.

-- Not to be outdone, Bradenton wasted seven shutout innings from John Kuchno in a 3-2 loss to Tampa.  He allowed just two hits and a walk, fanned four, and threw only 75 pitches.  Unlike Sampson, Kuchno left with a 2-0 lead, but Pat Ludwig gave up a run in the 8th and two in the 9th.  Josh Bell and Walker Gourley each went 2-4.

-- JaCoby Jones broke a 12th-inning tie with a grand slam, his seventh HR, giving West Virginia a 6-2 win over Greensboro.  Starter Shane Carle gave up two runs on six hits in five and two-thirds innings.  He walked none and struck out four.  Felipe Gonzalez, Brett McKinney, Isaac Sanchez and Clario Perez combined for six and a third scoreless innings in relief.  Jones went 2-5 overall with a double and a walk.  Edwin Espinal was 3-6 with a double, and Justin Maffei, Erich Weiss, Chris Diaz and Candon Myles each had two hits.  Reese McGuire had a double in six ABs, extending his hitting streak to 19 games.