Hafner allowed just one hit and no walks in two innings
The Pirates took on the Blue Jays in three lower level minor league games. The two class A squads hooked up, while the teams added a rookie level game.
The high A game featured Nick Kingham, although he didn’t start. Jared Hughes opened the game, throwing a dozen pitches and then departing. That left Isaac Sanchez to let two inherited runners score, mainly due to a routine grounder that shortstop Alen Hanson fumbled.
Kingham came on for the second and threw five scoreless innings. He gave up just two hits and walked nobody. He only fanned one and had a couple hard-hit outs, including one sharp liner that he managed to snare just by his head. Otherwise, Kingham got a lot of grounders. His fastball registered 91-94 for three innings, then 89-93 the last two. He mixed in a low-80s change and slider, and an upper-70s curve.
Jake Burnette started the low A game and had a rough time. The 2011 seventh-round pick went three an...