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Pirates MiLB recap: 5/4/14

Indianapolis' Big Two got shut down, West Virginia pretended they were the Pirates, and Bradenton got a good start.

-- Indianapolis dropped a 3-2 decision to Pawtucket.  Jay Jackson had one of his better outings, allowing two runs, one earned, in six innings on six hits and three walks.  He fanned four.  Cody Eppley gave up the losing run in the 7th while retiring only one batter.  Eppley has yet to pitch a full inning in three outings, giving up seven hits and three walks while getting only four outs.  Dan Schlereth got the last five outs, fanning three.  Gregory Polanco went 0-4 and Andrew Lambo 0-3, as the Pirates' plan to wait until they're both in slumps kicks into gear.  Chris Dickerson went 2-2 with two walks.

-- Altoona rallied to tie from a 4-0 deficit against Akron, but still lost, 5-4.  Nick Kingham could have used more defensive help, as two errors led to a three-run 3rd inning.  Kingham went five, giving up four runs, two earned, on five hits and two walks.  He struck out five.  Justin Howard, Willy Garcia, Keon Broxton and Drew Maggi all went 2-4.  Broxton hit his second HR, while Maggi hit his first, a three-run shot that tied the game.  Alen Hanson went 1-5, Gift Ngoepe 0-4 with two strikeouts, and Stetson Allie 0-2 with two walks and a strikeout.

--Bradenton got five and two-thirds shutout innings from Jason Creasy (pictured) in a 4-2 win over Fort Myers.  Creasy allowed just two hits and no walks, and struck out six.  Thomas Harlan went the last three and a third, allowing two unearned runs.  The Marauders held Byron Buxton hitless in four trips in his 2014 debut.  Jeff Roy went 3-4, relief ace Walker Gourley 2-5 and Eric Wood 2-4.  Josh Bell went 1-3 with a sac bunt, which will help him prepare for hitting cleanup in the majors.  Jin-De Jhang went 0-4, dropping his average to .194.

-- West Virginia lost, 3-2, to Greensboro.  The Power appear to have learned a thing or two from the Pirates, as they managed to turn 13 hits into two runs.  It's actually worse than that, as the hits all came in the first six innings.  Five players, including Reese McGuire, Edwin Espinal and Erich Weiss, went 2-4.  JaCoby Jones went 1-4 and provided the two runs with his fourth HR.  Wyatt Mathisen's brief power spike ended with an 0-4 day.  Buddy Borden survived one bad inning to go six.  He gave up three runs on six hits, with no walks and five strikeouts.