Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 8/4/09

The Prospect Tracker is updated with tonight’s games.

AAA

The Result: Indianapolis lost 7-6 to Durham, allowing four runs in the bottom of the ninth.

-Jose Tabata went 1 for 4 with two runs.

-Argenis Diaz went 0 for 3 with a walk.

-Daniel McCutchen pitched 6.1 innings, allowing three runs on seven hits, with no walks, seven strikeouts and one homer allowed.

Other Game Notes: Jeff Clement went 0 for 3. Neil Walker went 1 for 4 with a run.

AA

The Result: Altoona won 12-6 against Portland.

-Gorkys Hernandez went 2 for 4 with two runs and two walks.

-Pedro Alvarez went 3 for 6 with his eighth homer at AA.

Other Game Notes: Brian Friday went 3 for 4. Ray Chang went 2 for 5 with two runs and three RBIs.

A+

The Result: Lynchburg lost 15-3 to Kingston.

-Chase d’Arnaud went 0 for 5.

-Jeff Locke pitched five innings, allowing one run on five hits, with two walks and three strikeouts.

Other Game Notes: Josh Harrison went 1 for 4 with a double. Jordy Mercer went 1 for 4. Kris Watts went 2 for 4.

A

The Result: West Virginia lost 7-5 to Kannapolis.

-Robbie Grossman went 2 for 4.

-Tony Sanchez went 0 for 2 with two walks and was hit by a pitch.

-Starling Marte went 2 for 5.

-Aaron Pribanic pitched four innings in relief, allowing two runs on four hits, with no walks and a strikeout.

Other Game Notes: Hunter Strickland got the start, pitching five innings. He allowed five runs (two earned) on seven hits, with five strikeouts and a walk. Kyle Morgan and Quincy Latimore each went 2 for 4.

A-

The Result: State College lost 4-0 to Aberdeen.

Game Notes: State College was held to just three hits. Maurice Bankston pitched six innings, allowing one run on four hits, with no walks and four strikeouts.

GCL

The Result: Bradenton won 3-2 against the GCL Tigers.

-Wes Freeman went 2 for 4 with two stolen bases.

-Gift Ngoepe went 1 for 3 with two walks and a stolen base.

-Ramon Cabrera went 1 for 3.

Other Game Notes: Rogelios Noris went 2 for 3 with a homer, his second in his last four games, and second of the season. 2009 34th round pick Zac Fuesser, who the Pirates signed for $125 K, made his debut. He pitched two shutout innings, allowing no hits, one walk, and striking out four. Brooks Pounders pitched four innings in relief, allowing one run on two hits, with a walk and four strikeouts.

VSL

The Result: The VSL Pirates lost to the VSL Rays 6-1.

-Jorge Bishop went 1 for 4.

-Exicardo Cayonez went 2 for 3.

-Jonathan Barrios went 0 for 2.

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