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Pirates MiLB recap: 5/9/14

It was a rough day in the farm system, as lots of bad pitching led to four losses.

-- Indianapolis gave up 23 hits en route to its sixth straight loss, 10-7, to Norfolk.  The Tides are 12-22, but they have an interesting lineup that includes Steve Lombardozzi, Ivan De Jesus, Francisco Peguero, Brett Wallace, Xavier Paul, Alexi Casilla and Quintin Berry.  Every Norfolk starter had at least two hits.  Casey Sadler gave up a dozen hits in four and two-thirds innings, although he somehow allowed only four runs.  He walked none and struck out five.  (Maybe it's me, but I could swear players often struggle after returning to the minors from a brief stint in the majors.)  Jay Jackson allowed another seven hits and four runs in just two innings.  Cody Eppley got through a whole inning for the first time in five outings, but he allowed two runs in the process.  Nevin Ashley, Jaff Decker, Chris McGuiness and Chase d'Arnaud each went 2-4.  Ashley hit his second HR and is now batting .396.  Decker had two doubles, McGuiness had one, and d'Arnaud had a triple.  Gregory Polanco made four more outs than Brent Morel today, thereby proving that the Pirates made the right move.

-- Altoona lost to Akron, 8-4.  Starter Tyler Sample couldn't throw strikes and recorded only one out, as he and Brandon Mann allowed seven runs in the first two innings.  Gift Ngoepe went 2-5 and Alen Hanson 2-4 with a double.  Keon Broxton stayed hot, going 2-3 with a double and a walk.  Stetson Allie went 0-4 with a walk and a strikeout.  In his last ten games, Allie is 3-for-36 with 18 strikeouts.

-- Bradenton fell behind 5-1 and couldn't quite rally, losing to Charlotte 6-5.  Eric Wood (pictured) went 4-5 with a double and a triple.  D.J. Crumlich had two hits and Jacob Stallings hit his first HR.  Josh Bell went 1-5.  Starter Jason Creasy gave up five runs, four earned, on eight hits in four innings.  He walked none and fanned three.

-- West Virginia lost to Savannah, 5-1.  Starter Shane Carle gave up all the runs in the 4th, four of them unearned.  Carle lasted five innings, giving up six hits, walking none and striking out two.  Wyatt Mathisen went 2-4 with a double.  In his last 28 ABs, Mathisen has 11 hits, including two doubles and three HRs.  Reese McGuire went 1-4, Erich Weiss 1-3 and JaCoby Jones 0-3.  Harold Ramirez didn't play.  Considering that he left yesterday's game early, I suspect he may have aggravated his hamstring injury.