Despite giving up 12 hits, three Prince William pitchers accounted for 13 strikeouts as the Pirates defeated division-leading Lynchburg, 4-2, in Carolina League action last night at Woodbridge's Prince William County Stadium.
The Pirates gave Jim Neidlinger (5-8) a 3-0 lead after three innings, two runs coming on a 400-foot homer by Lance Belen in the first. The Pirates didn't score again until the seventh as the Mets got two runs in the fourth.
In the Pirates' third Barry Bonds walked with one out and stole second. Belen followed with a single to right and Dimas Gutierrez knocked in Bonds with a fielder's choice grounder to short, making it 3-0.
In the fourth, Lynchburg finally reached Neidlinger. Jeff McKnight doubled to lead off. After Neidlinger struck out Shawn Abner, he yielded consecutive singles to Andy Lawrence, Willie Caraballo and John Wilson, bringing in one run and loading the bases.
Kevin Burrell made it 3-2 with a sacrifice fly. Neidlinger struck out pitcher Kevin Brown to end the threat.
Neidlinger retired eight batters in a row at one stretch and struck out nine in six innings, then got relief from Hippolito Pena and Ben Morrow.