*** Pittsburgh Pirates Minor League Report - April 26th *** From The Sports Network
NASHVILLE SOUNDS - After losing five of seven games, the Sounds have won four straight contests and are now 8-9 on the year, residing in third place in the East Division of the Pacific Coast League. Luke Allen was 4-for-11 over the weekend with four runs scored, two long balls, and two RBI, raising his average to .328 on the season. Ruben Mateo was just 1-for-9 over the weekend, however his lone hit was his sixth homer of the year. Third time is a charm for starting pitcher Sean Burnett, who finally recorded a victory on Friday in his third start, allowing just two runs in six innings. The Sounds will finish their four-game series against Oklahoma, before heading to New Orleans.
ALTOONA CURVE - The weather permitted the Curve from hitting the field on Sunday against Birmingham. Altoona has lost four of its last six matchups, including going 1-1 over the weekend, bringing its record to 7-8 on the season, good for fourth place in the Southern Division of the Eastern League. Jeff Keppinger extended his hitting streak to five games over the weekend and is currently second in the Eastern League with a .407 batting average. During his hitting streak, the second baseman is 10-for-19 with two runs scored and two RBI.
HICKORY CRAWDADS - The Crawdads dropped two of three games over the weekend bringing the team's record to 8-6 on the season which places it third in the Northern Division of the South Atlantic League. Outfielder Adam Boeve extended his hitting streak to six games over the weekend, raising his average from .250 to .298. Thomas Gorzelanny continues to be the bright spot on the mound for the Crawdads, throwing a strong six innings on Friday, allowing just one run on six hits. Hickory will finish its four-game set against Capital City and will then travel to Lake County for a four-game series.
LYNCHBURG HILLCATS - The Hillcats took two of three games from Salem over the weekend, bringing their record to 10-6, placing them atop the Northern Division in the Carolina League. After posting an eight-game hitting streak, outfielder Rajai Davis has hit a little slump at the plate, going 0-for-9 over the weekend. Paul Maholm took home the pitcher of the week award in the Carolina League by compiling a 1-0 record and a 0.75 ERA for the week in two starts. He yielded just 10 hits, allowed just one earned run and struck out five batters in 12 innings.