Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 7/20/09

The Prospect Tracker is updated with tonight’s games.

AAA

The Result: Indianapolis beat Durham 3-1.

-Daniel McCutchen pitched six innings, allowing one run on six hits, with six strikeouts and a walk.

Game Notes: Lastings Milledge went 0 for 1 with 3 walks. Steve Pearce went 2 for 4 with a two run homer. Brian Bixler went 1 for 4 with his fourth homer of the season.

AA

The Result: Altoona beat Reading 8-2.

-Jose Tabata went 0 for 1 in a pinch hitting appearance.

-Gorkys Hernandez went 1 for 4 with a run.

-Pedro Alvarez went 3 for 4 with two runs and two RBIs. Alvarez is now hitting .280/.309/.547 at AA with 5 homers in 75 at-bats. He’s batting .360/.389/.620 in 50 at-bats this month. Maybe he’s starting to live up to expectations.

Other Game Notes: Jim Negrych went 2 for 4 with two doubles. Miles Durham went 2 for 4. Brian Friday went 1 for 3 with a homer. Kyle Bloom pitched six innings, allowing two runs on four hits, with two walks and three strikeouts.

A+

Lynchburg was off today.

A

The Result: West Virginia beat Rome 8-3.

-Robbie Grossman went 1 for 4 with two runs, a walk, and two steals. He has 26 steals on the season.

-Tony Sanchez did not play for his third straight game.

-Starling Marte went 1 for 4 with a stolen base.

Other Game Notes: Quincy Latimore went 3 for 5 with a run and two RBIs. Kyle Morgan went 3 for 5 with two runs. Diego Moreno closed the game out with two scoreless innings, allowing two hits and striking out three.

A-

The Result: State College lost 8-5 to Lowell.

Game Notes: Marc Baca and Alan Knotts, two of the top relievers for the Spikes so far this season, allowed three runs in the top of the ninth to give Lowell the lead. Tyler Cox got the start, pitching five innings and allowing two runs on six hits, with no walks and two strikeouts. Victor Black struggled, allowing three runs on three hits in 1.2 innings pitched, with three walks and two strikeouts.

GCL

Bradenton was rained out.

VSL

The Result: The VSL Pirates lost to the VSL Mariners 4-1.

-Jorge Bishop went 2 for 3.

-Exicardo Cayonez went 1 for 4.

-Jonathan Barrios went 0 for 4 with 3 strikeouts.

Other Game Notes: Junior Sosa went 3 for 5 from the leadoff spot. Yomar Pacheco got the start, pitching three innings and allowing three runs (one earned) on five hits, with three strikeouts and a walk. Pacheco has a 2.84 ERA on the season. Ericdavis Marquez pitched the next three innings, allowing no runs on two hits, with one strikeout and no walks, and lowering his ERA to 2.61.

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