MILWAUKEE -- Even in this year of the whiff in the Majors, there was plenty of opportunity on Thursday night to focus the spotlight on West Virginia, the Pirates' Class A affiliate in the South Atlantic League.
The Power came up with 24 reasons: one for each strikeout its four pitchers combined for in a 12-inning, 3-2 victory over Lakewood. The team total was the second-highest in the league's history, going back to 1960.
The Bucs love props going out to their organization, at any level.
"They're getting some national attention. That's good. It's fun to watch from afar," said manager Clint Hurdle.
The first five innings and first 12 strikeouts belonged to Tyler Glasnow, a 19-year-old right-hander from Southern California who tops the SAL with his .122 opponents' batting average.
"He's a young man finding his way, learning and continuing to develop," Hurdle said of the 6-foot-7 righty, the Pirates' fifth-round pick in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft. "We like him. He's one of the many on the pitching side who has gotten out of the blocks very clean."
Picking up Glasnow were Josh Smith (four K's in three innings), Jason Creasy (six in 2 2/3) and Thomas Harlan (two in 1 1/3).
Glasnow is a product of Hart High School, the alma mater of, among others, the Royals' James Shields, Indians prospect Trevor Bauer and Pirates icon Bob Walk.
Tom Singer is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog Change for a Nickel. He can also be found on Twitter @Tom_Singer. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.