Lincoln continues to impress in Triple-A

Lincoln continues to impress in Triple-A

CINCINNATI -- Brad Lincoln continued a string of strong performances with seven shutout innings in Triple-A Indianapolis' 6-1 win on Wednesday afternoon.

The outing was Lincoln's best this season, as the right-hander scattered four hits, walked just one and struck out seven. Lincoln has won his last four starts and allowed just five runs in the process. In those 25 innings, the right-hander has recorded 23 strikeouts.

Lincoln remains a candidate for the Pirates' rotation if Pittsburgh ever decides to move Jeff Karstens back into the bullpen.

Other notes from the Pirates' Minor League system:

• A day before Lincoln's outing, Indianapolis starter Justin Wilson had himself a nice performance as well. Wilson picked up his fourth victory of the season while allowing one run and two hits in 5 2/3 innings on Tuesday. Walks, though, continue to be an issue for Wilson, who has issued 23 free passes in 47 2/3 innings this year.

• Jameson Taillon, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2010 First-Year Player Draft, suffered his first professional loss on Wednesday. Taillon lasted four innings in his start for low-A West Virginia and allowed four runs (three earned) on seven hits. He did not walk a batter and struck out four.

• Middle infielder Chase d'Arnaud has been on a tear with Indianapolis over the past eight days. He has tallied 16 hits and driven in seven in 30 at-bats during that span. d'Arnaud is batting .285 on the season.