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Pirates prospects lead Solar Sox to win

Pirates prospects lead Solar Sox to win

Pirates prospects lead Solar Sox to win
The Pirates' two-man contingent appeared to be all Mesa needed for victory on Thursday afternoon.

Thanks to a three-hit game from Robbie Grossman and a timely two-run double by Jarek Cunningham -- and late help from a pair of White Sox prospects -- the Solar Sox beat the Peoria Javelinas, 6-3.

Grossman, the Pirates' sixth-round draftee in 2008, doubled, singled twice and drew a base on balls in his six plate appearances. He is batting .325 through nine AFL games after completing his best season as a pro at Class A Advanced Bradenton. He registered career highs in batting (.294), homers (13) and RBIs (56).

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Tyler Saladino (White Sox) plated Grossman, and Cunningham doubled home Saladino and Brandon Short (White Sox) during Mesa's game-deciding three-run fifth frame.

Saladino also tripled home Short for a seventh-inning insurance run. Both are members of Chicago's Top 10 prospects, and they went a combined 6-for-9 at the plate.

Making his second pro appearance, Peoria starter Danny Hultzen allowed a run on six hits -- including a first-inning RBI single by Josh Vitters (Cubs) -- over three innings. The Mariners' first-round draftee threw 63 pitches.

Solar Sox counterpart Trey McNutt, the Cubs' No. 4 prospect, yielded two runs on two hits over two innings. McNutt walked three batters and threw 53 pitches.

The host Javelinas (5-4), which relied on Brewers' farmhands in Wednesday's victory, had won three straight games while the Solar Sox climbed to 2-7 overall.

Andrew Pentis is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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