After issuing a leadoff walk to Shintaro Masuda in the bottom of the first, Bloom (2-0) retired the next 14 batters. Rockies prospect Darin Holcomb
broke up the no-hit bid with a two-out single in the fifth and Ryo Hijirisawa walked, but the 25-year-old left-hander got out of his only jam of the night by getting Matt Inouye (White Sox) to ground out.
With his performance Bloom lowered his Hawaii Winter Baseball ERA to 1.80 and ranks third in the league with 21 strikeouts. He has allowed more than one earned run just once in five fall starts after going 5-8 with a 4.19 ERA in 28 games, including 22 starts, for Double-A Altoona.
Injuries have hit the Pirates' organization early in the fall and winter ball seasons as prospects Jim Negrych and Eric Krebs both were sidelined due to injuries earlier this month.
Negrych, who was honored as the Pirates' Minor League Player of the Year at the end of the 2008 Minor League season, has been nursing a finger injury since Oct. 10. He returned to action on October 24.
Krebs after pitching one-third of an inning of relief on Oct. 7 was shut down with inflammation in his right elbow. Krebs, a 16th-round Draft pick in 2005 will be examined by doctors in Pittsburgh.
Krebs made a total of three relief appearances in Hawaii, logging 3 1/3 innings and allowing two runs on five hits. He finished with three strikeouts and three walks allowed.
Pirates first base prospect Miles Durham is off to a great start in Hawaii leading the league in RBI with 20. He has smacked two home runs and is batting .305.
Pittsburgh prospect Kyle Bloom struck out eight and allowed one hit over five scoreless innings on October 24 as the West Oahu CaneFires shut down the Honolulu Sharks, 8-2.
Right-hander has posted a 1.80 ERA.