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Kingham flirts with perfect game in Triple-A

Pirates No. 8 prospect retires first 17 batters in Game 1 of twin bill vs. Columbus

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Right-hander Nick Kingham, the Pirates' No. 8 prospect, retired the first 17 batters he faced Thursday and threw six scoreless innings. Behind Kingham's strong start, Triple-A Indianapolis defeated Columbus, 1-0, in Game 1 of a doubleheader.

Kingham, ranked No. 85 on MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 Prospects list, carried a perfect game into the sixth inning. He quickly got the first two outs before catcher Luke Carlin lined a single to center field, ending Kingham's bid for history. Cleveland Indians No. 7 prospect Jose Ramirez followed with another single, and Tyler Holt drew a walk to load the bases. Kingham escaped the jam by striking out Jesus Aguilar to end the inning.

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In six innings, Kingham struck out four batters and threw 86 pitches. He bounced back well from a loss to Louisville on Saturday, which was his worst start since being promoted to Indianapolis last month. In that game, he allowed six runs on 10 hits in 6 1/3 innings.

Aside from Saturday's loss, Kingham has pitched well for Indianapolis. He has turned in a quality start the other five times he has taken the ball and is 3-1 with a 1.62 ERA. He has struck out 30 batters and walked six in 39 innings. He began the season with Double-A Altoona, where he went went 1-7 with a 3.04 ERA and 54 strikeouts in 71 innings.

Teddy Cahill is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @tedcahill. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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