Yesterday saw the season opener for three of the Pirates full-season minor league affiliates. Altoona and Bradenton won, while West Virginia dropped their first game. Indianapolis did not play.
Indianapolis did not play on 4/5.
West Virginia dropped an offensive shootout 11-9 to the Hagerstown Suns. Nick Kingham got the start, but only lasted 1.2 innings, giving up 4 hits, 2 walks, and 5 earned runs, although he did strike out three. Kingham had a rough second inning he couldn't escape after giving up only an opening inning walk while striking out two in the first frame. Offensively the pre-game star had to be Josh Bell as he made his professional debut. However, Alen Hanson put forth his best attempt to steal the show. Hanson day was a good start towards proving himself as a legitimate upper-echelon prospect as he went 3-4 with a double and homerun. Hanson scored three times and drove in two runs. He also laid down a sacrifice bunt and had an error while playing shortstop. Willy Garcia and Gregory Polanco also each had three hits, with Garcia driving in two and striking out once. Polance scored twice, drove in a run, and one of his hits was a triple. Jose Osuna went 1-4 with a RBI, run, and strikeout. Josh Bell had a mixed bag for his professional debut. He did manage to smack an RBI double, but also struck out three times to finish 1-5.
Tomorrow's preview after the jump.
Tomorrow all four full season teams will play.