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Pirates farmhand pitches in two cities in one day

Posted: Saturday August 16, 2003 3:04 PM
Updated: Saturday August 16, 2003 3:17 PM

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Pittsburgh Pirates farmhand Blair Johnson was the starting pitcher for two winning minor league teams in two cities in two games completed Friday.

Johnson pitched six innings, allowing three runs and four hits, to get the victory as Class A Hickory won 4-3 at Savannah in a South Atlantic League game.

It was the right-handed Johnson's first victory since being moved up to the Crawdads earlier this month.

Several hundred miles away in Lakeland, Fla., the Pirates' Gulf Coast League rookie team beat the Tigers 12-5 in the completion of a suspended game from Aug. 7 that Johnson started. He pitched two innings in that game, allowing one run and one hit.

Because Johnson did not pitch the required five innings to get the decision, reliever Jacob Cuffman was credited with the victory.

Johnson, a former star at Washburn (Kan.) High School, was the Pirates' second-round pick in the June 2002 draft.

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