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Pirates MiLB recap: 6/3/14

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Chad Kuhl and Willy Garcia had big days, but not much else went well in the farm system, including a rain-shortened no-hitter inflicted upon West Virginia.

-- Indianapolis lost to Syracuse, 5-1.  Starter Jake Brigham gave up three runs in six innings on five hits and four walks, with no strikeouts.  Wirfin Obispo made his Pirates debut, giving up a solo HR in one inning of work.  He fanned two.  Josh Wall gave up an unearned run in one inning.  Tony Sanchez went 2-4 and Gregory Polanco 1-4.

-- Altoona got destroyed by Binghamton, 15-6.  Zack Dodson, who's been pitching decently lately, took a 3-0 lead into the 5th but got torched for seven runs in the inning, four of them earned.  The carnage continued against three relievers and utility player Andy Vasquez, who was called upon to get the last four outs.  Garcia drove in five runs, going 2-4 with a double and his eighth HR.  Elias Diaz also went 2-4, Alen Hanson 1-3 and Stetson Allie 1-4.

-- Kuhl (pictured) went eight strong innings (albeit against a terrible opponent) and Bradenton got all its runs in the 1st in a 7-1 win over Clearwater.  Kuhl allowed one run on four hits and two walks, while fanning nine.  Everybody in the Marauders' lineup had one hit except Taylor Lewis and Jordan Steranka, who each went 2-4, and Josh Bell, who went 0-2 with two walks.

-- West Virginia went without a hit over five innings, losing to Kannapolis, 3-0, in a game shortened by rain.  The Kannapolis starter, Thad Lowry, came in with a 7.59 ERA and .360 opponents' average.  Dovydas Neverauskas allowed three runs on three hits and three walks, with three strikeouts, over five innings.

-- The DSL Pirates lost their third straight, dropping a 10-6 game to the DSL Braves.  Sandy Santos, a 20-year-old outfielder in his second season, went 3-5 with a double.  Eliezer Ramirez, a 17-year-old outfielder who was one of the Pirates' more prominent 2013 signings, went 1-3 in his pro debut.  Victor Fernandez stole three bases and Adrian Valerio went 0-3 with a walk. The pitching was terrible again.  The prominent signees on this team are almost all hitters, which may account for the high-scoring games so far.