Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 4/10/10
This will be the last prospect watch for a few days. I’ll be going out of town tomorrow, and won’t be able to do a recap until Tuesday or Wednesday night.
Indianapolis got the lead right back on a solo homer by Brandon Moss, who went 3-for-5 on the night, and also had an RBI double. Jean Machi came on for a two inning save, allowing no hits, one walk, and striking out three to give Indianapolis the win. Jose Tabata went 2-for-5 from the leadoff spot, while Brandon Jones went 1-for-3 with a double, a walk, and two runs. Pedro Alvarez went 0-for-4 with a walk.
The offense was pretty silent, with only four hits the entire game. Those hits came from Jordy Mercer, Miles Durham, Jose De Los Santos, and Josh Harrison. Harrison led off the tenth inning with a single, moved over to second on a sacrifice bunt by Kris Watts, and scored two batters later when De Los Santos hit a walk off RBI double.
Aaron Pribanic started the game, pitching four innings, allowing three runs (two earned) on six hits, with two walks and two strikeouts. Joel Hanrahan made another rehab appearance, pitching a perfect inning, with one strikeout. Tyler Cox pitched two perfect innings to get credit for the win. Casey Erickson pitched a shaky eighth inning, allowing one hit and two walks, but got out of the jam with the lead intact. Noah Krol closed things out in the ninth, getting his second save of the season.
Grossman ended up going 2-for-4 with a walk, two runs, and a double. Grossman has yet to strike out this season, which was a major problem area for him last year. Jeremy Farrell also went 2-for-4. An interesting note, Gift Ngoepe entered the game as a pinch hitter, according to the box score, and got a hit off of reliever Ron Mahay. I’m assuming Ngoepe was just a temporary roster filler, which is one of the conveniences of having the team in the same location as Extended Spring Training.
e second game in a row, this time 4-0. Just like last night, Jarek Cunningham and David Rubinstein were the only players to get a hit, with each player going 2-for-3. Evan Chambers recorded a walk, while going 0-for-3. Chambers has yet to record a hit in his first three games, but has walked four times for a .417 OBP.
Kyle McPherson made the start, going five innings, and allowing three runs on five hits, with only one run earned. McPherson didn’t issue a walk, and struck out three batters. Melkin Laureano followed that up with a perfect inning, and Jason Erickson pitched a shutout inning, allowing one hit. Marc Baca pitched the ninth inning, allowing one run on two hits.