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Pirates MiLB recap: 6/22/14

Indianapolis, Altoona and West Virginia squeaked out wins, Jamestown broke out the bats, and Neil Walker began his rehab. The GCL and DSL don't play on Sundays.

-- A Michael Martinez sacrifice fly in the top of the 12th gave Indianapolis a 5-4 win over Norfolk.  A Chris McGuiness error in the bottom of the 10th had let in a run to extend the game.  Robert Andino had two hits and Tony Sanchez hit his fifth HR.  Casey Sadler allowed one run on two hits and a walk over six innings.  He struck out one and needed only 76 pitches to get that far.  Vin Mazzaro pitched the last three innings to get the win.  He gave up the unearned run in the 10th and allowed three hits, with no walks and two strikeouts.

-- Despite playing with a makeshift lineup due to suspensions and Alen Hanson's brief absence, Altoona beat Portland, 5-4.  Justin Howard (pictured) went 2-3 with his second HR, Junior Sosa went 2-5 with a double, and Ralph Henriquez hit his first HR.  Adrian Sampson had one of his shakier starts, but still went seven innings.  He gave up four runs on eight hits and a walk, and struck out three.

-- Bradenton lost to Palm Beach, 6-3.  Jordan Steranka, Jin-De Jhang and Raul Fortunato all went 2-4.  Steranka and Fortunato had doubles.  Walker went 1-4 with a walk.  Josh Bell went 1-5.  Starter John Kuchno gave up six runs, four earned, in seven innings.

-- Harold Ramirez drove in the go-ahead run in the top of the 9th as West Virginia beat Lakewood, 4-3.  Ramirez and Erich Weiss each went 2-4.  JaCoby Jones didn't play and is day-to-day with a minor knee problem.  Shane Carle gave up one run on eight hits and a walk in six innings.  He struck out four.

-- Jamestown pummeled Williamsport, 9-3.  Jordan Luplow was 2-4 with a triple and a walk, Chase Simpson 2-3 with a double and a walk, and Kevin Ross 2-4.  Kevin Krause connected for his first pro HR.  Austin Coley bounced back from a rough first start to go three innings, allowing one run on four hits and no walks.  He struck out one.

-- Bristol got scored upon in every inning but the 1st in the course of getting hammered by Burlington, 12-3.  Billy Roth had a rough start, giving up five runs on six hits in four innings.  He did strike out six.  The offensively challenged Pirates had just five hits.  Trae Arbet had a double in four ABs.