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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 8/8/09

The Prospect Tracker is updated with tonight’s games.

AAA

The Result: Indianapolis won 2-1 against Charlotte.

-Jose Tabata went 1 for 4 with an RBI and two strikeouts.

-Argenis Diaz went 2 for 3 with a run.

Other Game Notes: Neil Walker hit his 11th homer of the year, going 1 for 3. Jeff Clement went 0 for 3. Eric Hacker pitched seven innings, allowing one run on five hits, with seven strikeouts and two walks to get the win.

AA

The Result: Altoona lost 4-3 in 11 innings to Reading.

-Gorkys Hernandez went 1 for 4 with a walk and a steal.

-Pedro Alvarez went 0 for 4 with a walk and two strikeouts.

-Daniel Moskos pitched 2.2 innings, allowing five runs on four hits, with four walks and a strikeout.

Other Game Notes: Shelby Ford went 2 for 5 with a grand slam, his second homer since being demoted to AA. Miles Durham went 2 for 3 with two walks.

A+

The Result: Lynchburg won 3-2 against Myrtle Beach.

-Chase d’Arnaud went 1 for 3 with a walk.

-Rudy Owens pitched five shutout innings, allowing three hits, no walks, and striking out six.

Other Game Notes: Josh Harrison went 1 for 4. Jordy Mercer went 1 for 3. Jared Keel went 1 for 4 with two RBIs.

A

The Result: West Virginia won 3-1 against Hickory.

-Robbie Grossman went 0 for 3 with two walks and his 31st stolen base of the season.

-Tony Sanchez went 2 for 5 with a double.

-Starling Marte went 1 for 5 with a triple, extending his hitting streak to 21 games.

Other Game Notes: Casey Erickson pitched five innings, allowing one run on two hits, with no walks and six strikeouts. Erickson has an 0.87 ERA in 20.2 innings with West Virginia, with a 14:3 K/BB ratio since coming over in the Eric Hinske trade.

A-

The Result: State College lost 4-2 to Hudson Valley.

Game Notes: Brock Holt went 1 for 4 with a double. Pat Irvine went 1 for 3. State College was held to three hits. Kyle McPherson allowed three runs on four hits in six innings, with no walks and two strikeouts. 2009 5th round pick Nathan Baker pitched two innings, allowing two hits, one unearned run, no walks, and two strikeouts.

GCL

The Result: Bradenton lost 8-4 to the GCL Yankees.

-Wes Freeman went 0 for 3.

-Gift Ngoepe went 2 for 4 with a run.

-Ramon Cabrera went 2 for 4 with his first homer of the year in Bradenton.

Other Game Notes: Rogelios Noris went 2 for 4 with a homer. Noris has homered four games in a row now, and has all five of his homers this season in his last seven games. Ryan Beckman pitched 2.1 innings, allowing six runs on five hits.

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