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Pirates MiLB recap: 6/23/14

A depleted Altoona team became even more depleted but won anyway, Bradenton brought the bats, and Bristol needs to find some bats.

-- Indianapolis lost to Norfolk, 5-3.  Nevin Ashley went 3-4 and Brent Morel 2-4.  Chris Dickerson hit a two-run HR, his sixth, off Kevin Gausman, who threw one inning just to get some work before he goes back to Baltimore.  A.J. Morris got pummeled for five runs on eight hits in three innings.

-- Altoona edged Virgil Vasquez and New Britain, 4-3.  Matt Curry went 3-4 with a triple, and Drew Maggi and Jarek Cunningham each 2-4.  Willy Garcia added his tenth HR.  Junior Sosa went 2-2 with a double, but left after getting hurt on a play at third.  Zack Dodson allowed two runs on five hits over six innings.  He walked three and struck out one.  The Curve's combustible bullpen almost blew a two-run lead in the 9th, but managed to leave the tying run on third.

-- Bradenton took an 11-1 lead before surrendering some late runs, but still beat Palm Beach, 11-6.  Four different players -- Adam Frazier (pictured), Max Moroff, Josh Bell and Taylor Lewis -- went 3-5.  Bell and Frazier each had two doubles and Moroff one.  Raul Fortunato was 2-4 with a double and Jose Osuna 2-5 with his third HR.  Eric Wood added his second HR.  Jason Creasy went seven innings, allowing one run on eight hits and no walks.  He fanned three.

-- West Virginia dropped a 5-1 decision to Delmarva.  Dovydas Neverauskas gave up three runs in five innings.  He allowed five hits, walked none and fanned five.  The Power had just five singles.

-- Jamestown lost to Williamsport, 8-5.  Frank Duncan allowed four runs in four innings.  Carl Anderson went 3-5, Jordan Luplow 2-5, Michael Suchy 2-4 with a walk, and David Andriese 2-3.  Kevin Krause hit his second HR, a three-run blast.  Taylor Gushue left the game after three innings for reasons not apparent from the box score.

-- Bristol's hitting woes continued as the Pirates lost to Burlington, 3-1.  Bristol managed only three hits.  The lone run scored when Pablo Reyes doubled and Daniel Arribas singled.  The two so far have been pretty much the team's entire offense.  Trae Arbet resumed his struggles, going 0-4 with three strikeouts.  Starter Hector Garcia allowed two runs on two hits and two walks over five innings.  He fanned six.  Garcia is a potentially interesting player.  He's a smallish (6'0") lefty who nevertheless has gotten his fastball up to 92.  He pitched mainly in relief in the DSL last year, his first in pro ball, but the Pirates have skipped him over the GCL even though he won't turn 19 until October.  They've also evidently made him a starter, so they probably think he could be a prospect.

-- Cole Tucker had a rough debut as the GCL Pirates lost to the Blue Jays, 7-2.  Tucker went 0-3 at the plate, with two walks and two strikeouts.  In the field, he committed three errors.  The Pirates had only three hits, all of them by Julio De La Cruz, who was 3-4 with a double.  Michael De La Cruz was 0-4 with a walk and is off to an .083 start.  Nelson Jorge and Eric Thomas also made their pro debuts.  Jorge was 0-2 with two walks and Thomas was 0-3 with one walk.  The Pirates drew ten walks total, but left ten on base.  Starter Dario Agrazal allowed four runs, three earned, in three and two-thirds innings.  Jen-Lei Liao, a 6'6" righty from Taiwan, made his debut, giving up a run on three hits in an inning and a third, while striking out two.

-- had no results for the DSL Pirates.