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Pirates MiLB recap: 6/29/14

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The farm system went winless on the day as a couple strong starts were wasted in 1-0 losses. The good news is that the Pirates may have some more rotation help on the horizon. The GCL and DSL Pirates were off.

-- Nick Kingham (pictured) threw six shutout innings, but Indianapolis couldn't get on the board and lost to Louisville, 1-0.  Kingham gave up four hits and two walks, and fanned five.  His ERA since his promotion is now 0.34 and his WHIP is 0.75.  Vin Mazzaro lost the game on an unearned run.  The Indians had only five hits, two by Robert Andino.

-- Altoona lost to Binghamton, 7-4.  Starter Pat Ludwig gave up six runs in three innings.  Curve hitters struck out 13 times, giving them a league-leading 693 on the season.  That's 8.6 per game and 49 more than the Eastern League's second-whiffingest team, Harrisburg.  Alen Hanson was 0-5; he's now 1-15 since he finished working on things.  Stetson Allie was 1-3 with a double and a walk.

-- Bradenton wasted a strong start from Jason Creasy, dropping a 1-0 decision to St. Lucie.  Creasy allowed one run on four hits over six innings.  He walked none and struck out five.  In his last 53 innings, he's walked five and fanned 41.  Josh Bell went 0-4, stopping his hitting streak at 14 games.  Adam Frazier went 1-5 to extend his to 12.  Raul Fortunato was 2-2 with a double.

-- West Virginia lost to Lakewood, 10-5.  Justin Topa started and gave up one run in three innings.  He left with the Power ahead, 4-1, but Zack von Rosenberg gave up five runs over the next three innings.  Erich Weiss and Jeff Roy each went 2-5.  Harold Ramirez was 1-5, extending his hitting streak to 21.

-- Jamestown lost to Mahoning Valley, 8-3, in a game stopped due to rain with one out in the top of the 8th.  Marek Minarik gave up six runs, five earned, in five innings.  The Jammers had only two hits.  One was a three-run HR by Jordan Luplow, who was back in the lineup just two days after leaving due to a collision.  The HR was his second.

-- Bristol's game with Elizabethton was suspended one batter into the bottom of the 1st.