Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 7/18/09

The Prospect Tracker is updated with tonight’s games.


The Result: Indianapolis won 8-7 against Pawtucket in 10 innings.

-Brad Lincoln got the start, pitching five innings and allowing six runs (five earned) on nine hits, with one strikeout, no walks, and two homers.

Other Game Notes: Lastings Milledge went 4 for 6 with a run and two RBIs. Milledge is batting .317 at AAA on the season, and .520 with Indianapolis. Brian Bixler and Steve Pearce each had two hits.

Shelby Ford went 2 for 3 with his third homer of the year, and three runs. Could Ford be heating up? He’s batting .183 on the season, but hitting .294 over his last ten games, with two homers in his last three games, raising his line in July to .256/.333/.512.


The Result: Altoona lost 7-2 against Harrisburg.

-Jose Tabata went 1 for 4 with a double.

-Gorkys Hernandez went 1 for 4 with an RBI.

-Pedro Alvarez went 1 for 4 with a strikeout.

Other Game Notes: Jim Negrych went 1 for 4. Brian Friday went 1 for 2 with a walk and a double. Jeff Sues actually had a good outing, pitching two perfect innings with three strikeouts. Sues has a 5.28 ERA on the season in relief.


The Result: Lynchburg lost 4-2 to Salem.

-Chase D’Arnaud will miss several weeks with a thumb injury. It’s possible that he could miss the rest of the season.

-Bryan Morris got the start, pitching 6.2 innings, allowing four runs on six hits, with two walks and two strikeouts.

Other Game Notes: Matt Hague went 2 for 4 with a run.


The Result: West Virginia lost 3-2 in 12 innings to Rome.

-Robbie Grossman went 0 for 5 with a walk and a run.

-Tony Sanchez went 1 for 6 with an RBI.

-Starling Marte went 1 for 5 with an RBI.

-Rudy Owens had another impressive start, pitching six innings and allowing one run on five hits, with five strikeouts and no walks.

Other Game Notes: Calvin Anderson went 2 for 6. Quincy Latimore went 1 for 5 with a run. Casey Erickson got the loss in extra innings, pitching 3.1 innings, and allowing one unearned run on five hits, with three strikeouts and no walks. Kind of an undeserved loss.


The Result: State College lost 2-0 to Staten Island.

Game Notes: Evan Chambers went 3 for 4. State College only had four hits on the night. Ty Summerlin had the other hit, going 1 for 4. Kyle McPherson got the start, allowing two runs on four hits in 6.2 innings, with six strikeouts, no walks, and two homers. Alan Knotts pitched 1.1 shutout innings of relief, allowing one hit with one strikeout. Knotts has a 1.26 ERA in ten appearances with State College.


The Result: Bradenton won 10-7 against the GCL Phillies.

-Wes Freeman went 0 for 2 with a strikeout.

-Gift Ngoepe went 0 for 4 with a walk and two strikeouts.

-Ramon Cabrera went 1 for 4 with a run, an RBI, and two walks.

-Ronald Uviedo made another rehab start, pitching four innings, allowing one unearned run on two hits, with six strikeouts and no walks.

Other Game Notes: Gerlis Rodriguez went 4 for 4 with two homers. They were his first two homers of the season, in 19 games and 68 at-bats. He had one homer last year in 234 at-bats in the DSL. Elevys Gonzalez went 3 for 6, raising his average to .270 in 37 at-bats this season. Jairo Marquez also went 3 for 6, raising his average to .318 in 22 at-bats this season.


The VSL Pirates were off today.

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