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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 7/21/09

The Prospect Tracker is updated with tonight’s games.

AAA

The Result: Indianapolis beat Durham 2-1, scoring the winning run in the bottom of the 9th.

Game Notes: Ian Snell went six innings, allowing one run on three hits, with four walks and nine strikeouts. Brian Bixler went 2 for 4 with a run. Lastings Milledge went 1 for 5 with a run. Steve Pearce went 1 for 3. Neil Walker went 1 for 4.

AA

The Result: Altoona beat Reading 6-5 in 10 innings, thanks to four runs in the 7th-9th innings.

-Jose Tabata went 4 for 5 with a run and two doubles.

-Gorkys Hernandez went 0 for 1 in a pinch hitting situation.

-Pedro Alvarez went 1 for 4 with a walk.

Other Game Notes: Jason Delanney hit a two run homer to tie the score in the bottom of the ninth. Miles Durham hit his second homer at AA. Steve Lerud went 3 for 5 with two doubles. Yoslan Herrera pitched four shutout innings, allowing three hits, with three walks and three strikeouts. Altoona had a rain delay after four innings, which was probably why he was removed.

A+

The Result: Lynchburg lost 5-4 to Potomac.

Game Notes: Jose De Los Santos went 3 for 4 with two steals, a run and an RBI from the leadoff spot. Jordy Mercer went 1 for 4 with an RBI.

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West Virginia was off today.

A-

The Result: State College beat Lowell 1-0.

Game Notes: 2009 21st round draft pick Phillip Irwin made the start, pitching four shutout innings with three hits, one walk, and seven strikeouts. Irwin has an 0.60 ERA in 15 innings so far this season, with a 20:3 K/BB ratio. Nelson Pereira pitched four shutout innings, allowing one hit, two walks, and four strikeouts. 2009 42nd round pick Marc Baca pitched a one hit inning with a strikeout to get his fourth save of the season.

GCL

The Result: Bradenton split a double header with the GCL Braves, winning the first game 3-0, and losing the second game 10-0.

-Wes Freeman went 0 for 5 combined, with a walk.

-Gift Ngoepe went 0 for 2 with two runs, and was hit by a pitch in game one.

-Ramon Cabrera went 0 for 2 with a walk in game two.

Other Game Notes: Phil Dumatrait made a rehab start in game one, pitching four shutout innings with three hits, two walks, and two strikeouts. Despite winning 3-0, Bradenton was held to just one hit in six innings. Bradenton combined for five hits in game two.

VSL

The Result: The VSL Pirates beat the VSL Rays 13-3.

-Jorge Bishop went 2 for 5 with his ninth homer of the season.

-Exicardo Cayonez went 4 for 5 with his first homer of the year, three runs, and four RBIs.

-Jonathan Barrios went 1 for 4 with a run.

Other Game Notes: Luis Figuera got the win, pitching three no hit innings, with four strikeouts and a walk. Figuera, a 6’1″, 178 pound right hander, is 18 years old, and has an 0.75 ERA in 12 innings this year, after posting a 3.09 ERA in 46.2 innings last year in the VSL.

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Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with AccuScore.com, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.

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