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Pirates MiLB recap: 6/20/14

The Pirates' affiliates got a lot of good pitching but very little hitting in a full day of activity.

-- Wirfin Obispo gave up a walkoff single to Xavier Paul in the 9th as Indianapolis dropped a 2-1 game to Norfolk.  Starter Jake Brigham, just off the disabled list, allowed one run on two hits and a walk, while striking out six, over four innings.  Jay Jackson followed with four, one-hit, shutout innings.  Chris Dickerson and Tony Sanchez each had two singles, the only hits the Indians managed.  Chris McGuiness struck out all four times up.

-- Altoona lost the resumption of a suspended game with Portland, 4-2.  The game had been suspended after two and a half innings.  Adrian Sampson, who allowed two runs in three innings before the rain intervened, took the loss.  Yao-Hsun Yang walked four and allowed two runs in two and two-thirds innings.  Alen Hanson, Willy Garcia and Justin Howard each went 2-4, with Hanson recording a double.

-- The Curve also lost the regularly scheduled game, 3-0.  Joan Montero walked five and allowed the three runs in three and two-thirds innings.  Alen Hanson and Junior Sosa each went 2-3.  Hanson has his average up to .278 after a slow start.  Stetson Allie is on the disabled list with a concussion sustained in the brawl two days ago.

-- Bradenton squeaked by Jupiter, 1-0.  Orlando Castro (pictured) bounced back from two bad starts to throw the first six innings, allowing four hits and no walks, and striking out four.  Josh Bell went 3-4 and Adam Frazier 2-4.  Bell is now hitting .333, .441 in June.

-- West Virginia won its second straight, 4-2, over Lakewood.  Cody Dickson had his first good start in a while, giving up one run in six innings.  He allowed six hits, walked one and fanned three.  Edwin Espinal was 2-4.

-- Jamestown blew a 3-2 lead in the 9th on its way to losing, 5-3, to Williamsport in ten.  Tyler Eppler allowed one run in four innings on two hits and no walks.  He struck out two.  Eric Karch gave up the tying run and the two winning runs.  Jordan Luplow went 2-4 with a walk and his first pro HR.  Third-string catcher Deybi Garcia was 2-3.

-- Ulises Montilla doubled in the winning run in the 11th as Bristol recorded its first win as a Pirate affiliate, 2-1, over Princeton.  Starter Adrian Grullon allowed no runs or hits over three and two-thirds innings.  He walked one and struck out two.  (Hopefully, Princeton won't find out that he's not on the Bristol roster.)  Cecilio Pimentel threw three scoreless innings to get the win.  He gave up two hits, walked none and struck out five.  Twentieth round pick John Sever made his pro debut, picking up the save with a scoreless inning.  Seven Bristol players had one hit apiece.  Trae Arbet struck out all five times up.  So far, he's 0-9 with seven strikeouts.

-- Tito Polo! tied the game with a two-out single in the 9th, but the GCL Pirates dropped their opener to the Yankees, 4-3, in 13 innings.  Starter Gerardo Navarro allowed one run on two hits over five innings.  He didn't walk or strike out anybody.  In fact, the Pirates struck out just one batter in the first ten innings, then saw Remy De Aza fan six in the next three innings.  Unfortunately, De Aza also allowed five hits and a run to take the loss.  The Pirates had just five hits.  Julio De La Cruz and Carlos Munoz each went 2-5, with Munoz getting a double.  Michael De La Cruz was 0-4 with two walks.  The box score claims that Tito Polo! was just 1-6, but I think that's a mistake.

-- The DSL Pirates lost to the Cubs, 5-2.  Starter Yeudy Garcia threw five shutout innings, giving up three hits and no walks, and striking out six.  Raul Siri was 3-4 with a double and a walk.  Mikell Granberry was 1-4 with his second HR.  Adrian Valerio was 1-3 with two walks.