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Pirates MiLB recap: 6/26/14

Luis Heredia and Joely Rodriguez had strong starts, and Bradenton and West Virginia each got a big game from an unheralded corner player.

Sorry about the one-day hiatus for the recap.  There's no truth to the rumor that Charlie suspended me.  I was just working on some things.

-- Indianapolis lost to Durham, 8-2.  Starter Adam Wilk gave up six runs in four and a third innings.  Chris Dickerson was 2-4 with a double.  The Indians had only five hits.

-- Rodriguez threw seven innings of one-hit ball as Altoona topped Binghamton, 3-1.  Rodriguez gave up one run, walked two and struck out four.  Willy Garcia was 2-4 with a double.  Alen Hanson continued working on things in an undisclosed location.

-- Bradenton beat Jupiter, 6-4.  Jordan Steranka was 2-4 with a double, his fourth HR and three RBIs.  Taylor Lewis added his second HR.  Eric Wood and Jose Osuna each had two hits.  Josh Bell and Adam Frazier each went 1-4, extending their hitting streaks to 13 and 10 games, respectively.  Starter Chad Kuhl allowed three runs in five and two-thirds innings, striking out six.

-- Heredia threw six shutout innings as West Virginia edged Delmarva, 8-7.  Heredia gave up four hits and a walk, and struck out three.  He left with an 8-0 lead and was relieved by Justin Topa, who allowed seven straight singles and then a walk.  He ended up being charged for seven runs without retiring a batter.  Felipe Gonzalez followed with three scoreless innings, striking out four, although he did let the last two of Topa's runners score.  Edwin Espinal (pictured) was 4-5 with two doubles, his third HR and four RBIs.  Reese McGuire was 3-5 and Adam Landecker 2-5.

-- Jamestown scored three runs in the top of the 10th and hung on to beat Mahoning Valley, 6-4.  Starter Alex McRae allowed two runs over five innings.  He gave up five hits, walked none and struck out three.  Sam Street got the win with two perfect innings of relief.  He fanned two.  Chase Simpson had a two-run double in the 10th, and went 2-3 with a walk and three RBIs.  He also got picked off first twice.  Tyler Filliben was 2-5 with two doubles.  Taylor Gushue was 1-2 with two walks and Kevin Krause 1-3 with a double and two walks.  Gushue, who batted third, and Michael Suchy, who batted cleanup, each had a sacrifice bunt, so the Jammers were able to work on both their Hurdling and their TOOTBLANing.

-- Bristol couldn't overcome an early 7-0 deficit and lost to Johnson City, 7-5.  Starter Jonathan Sandfort got hammered for all seven runs on eleven hits over three innings.  Trae Arbet was 2-5 with a double, Enyel Vallejo 2-4 with a double, and Maximo Rivera 2-4.  After eight games, Bristol remains the only team in the high-offense Appalachian League with no HRs.

-- The GCL Pirates lost to the Phillies, 6-2.  Starter Gerardo Navarro gave up all six runs in four innings.  Cole Tucker was 2-5, Yoel Gonzalez 2-4 and Alexis Bastardo 2-3 with a double.  Michael De La Cruz continued to struggle, going 0-4 to drop his average to .050.  Julio De La Cruz was 1-3 with a double.

-- had no information on the DSL Pirates' game.