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 their pitching under control tonight, winning by a score of 4-3 against Columbus.  Donald Veal was the starter, pitching five innings and allowing two runs on five hits.  Veal only walked two batters, and struck out one.  Anthony Claggett pitched two innings, but allowed a run on two hits in the seventh inning, blowing what was a 3-2 lead.

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.

Altoona got some great pitching tonight, and needed it to win a 1-0 game in 10 innings.  Tim Alderson got the start, pitching five shutout innings, allowing four hits, one walk, and striking out two.  Derek Hankins and Ronald Uviedo followed that up with two shutout innings each.  Hankins walked two, struck out one, and gave up no hits.  Uviedo didn’t allow a hit, walked one, and struck out one.  Daniel Moskos pitched a perfect inning in the tenth to get the win.

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.

Bradenton fought back late to beat Fort Myers 4-3, scoring all four runs in the seventh and eighth innings.  Down 3-0, Jeremy Farrell came up with the bases loaded and two outs, and hit a clutch two run single on a line drive to center field, bringing Robbie Grossman and Tony Sanchez to the plate.  In the eighth inning, Greg Picart hit a one out single, followed by a double by Robbie Grossman to put runners at second and third.  Starling Marte gave the Marauders the lead with a triple, bringing in Picart and Grossman.

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.

West Virginia lost their third straight game, being shutout for th

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.

Author: Tim Williams

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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