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MLB: Spring Training-Pittsburgh Pirates at Toronto Blue Jays Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

The GCL Pirates were off.

— Kevin Kramer went 5-5 as Indianapolis (51-44) drubbed Gwinnett, 10-3. Kramer had four singles and a double but, oddly, scored just one run and didn’t drive in any. #FreePabloReyes went 4-5 with a triple and three runs scored. Kevin Newman and Austin Meadows each went 2-6. Meadows had a double and his second AAA home run, while Newman hit his third HR and drove in three. J.T. Brubaker gave up two runs on eight hits and two walks in five innings. He struck out five.

Adam Frazier: 1-6
Jose Osuna: 1-4, 2B, BB
Jason Martin: 1-4
Montana DuRapau: 3 IP, H, 2 BB, 2 K
Jesus Liranzo: IP, 3 H, ER

— Stephen Alemais went 4-5 as Altoona (50-43) beat Reading, 8-2. In his last 11 games, Alemais is 14-36 (.389). Ke’Bryan Hayes had a pair of doubles in five times up. After a slow start, he’s up to 293/363/452 on the year. Cam Vieaux had some control issues and needed 104 pitches to get through five and two-thirds innings, but he gave up just the two runs. He allowed five hits and four walks, and struck out four.

Cole Tucker: 1-4, BB
Bryan Reynolds: 2-4, BB
Will Craig: 2-5
Logan Hill: 2-3, 2B, 2 BB

— Bradenton’s (46-47) bullpen had another meltdown in a 9-6 loss to Daytona. Starter Gavin Wallace gave up three runs over seven innings. He allowed six hits and a walk, and struck out four. Wallace left with a 4-3 lead, but Blake Cederlind and Adam Oller combined to give up six runs in the last two innings. Albert Baur, Casey Hughston and Brett Pope all went 2-4.

Jared Oliva: 1-5
Adrian Valerio: 1-5

— West Virginia got hammered by Lexington, 10-1. Cody Bolton had his second worst start of the season, giving up five runs on six hits, half of them gopher balls, in three innings. Bolton walked one and struck out three. Deon Stafford and Cal Mitchell were each 1-4, Rodolfo Castro 1-3 with a walk, and Lolo Sanchez 0-3 with a walk. Oneil Cruz hasn’t played in three days but he’s not on the disabled list.

— Morgantown (12-21) beat State College, 7-4. More on this in a separate post.

— For the second day in a row, Bristol got pummeled by the Appalachian League’s worst team, this time in an 8-4 loss to Burlington. All of the runs came off starter Oliver Garcia in the first two and a third innings. Argenis Romano at least gave the Pirates four and two-thirds scoreless innings in relief. Mason Martin and Mikell Granberry each went 2-5. Martin had a double and Granberry hit his third home run. Sherten Apostel was 2-4. Conner Uselton went 0-4 with a walk and Jonah Davis 0-5 with three strikeouts. Bristol hitters fanned 14 times.

— The DSL Pirates1 (19-21) lost a wild one to the Indians/Brewers, 14-13. The Pirates took a 9-7 lead into the eighth inning, but by the bottom of the ninth found themselves down, 14-10. They rallied for three, but left the bases loaded. The game featured 21 hits by the Pirates and only eight by the InBrews, who were gifted with ten walks and two hit batsmen. The bad guys also had help in the form of four errors by Pirates catcher Yeison Ceballo (17). The first four players in the Pirates’ lineup combined for a dozen hits. Emilson Rosado (17) was 4-5 with two doubles. Yoyner Fajardo (19) was 3-5 with two doubles, a walk, three runs and three RBIs. Juan Pie went 3-6 and Norkis Marcos 2-4 with three walks. Randy Romero (18) was 3-6 and Rayvi Rodriguez (20) was 3-4 with a double and two walks. The pitching wasn’t so good.

— The DSL Pirates2 (15-23) beat the Giants, 7-1, in a game called due to rain with one out in the bottom of the seventh. Starter Emmanuel De Los Santos (17) gave up the one run, along with three hits and three walks, over three innings. He fanned six. The Pirates had only five hits, with Bryan Mateo (19) going 2-3. Mario Jerez (17) and Eduar Ramirez (17) each had a double and two RBIs. Angel Basabe (17) was 0-3 with a walk.