The prospect watch returns for a day, but will take another break until Saturday. I’ll be heading back up to Pennsylvania tomorrow, visiting family and going to the Pirates game on Friday. Just like earlier this week, I’ve already got posts scheduled to go up, just no prospect watch due to my limited access to the internet over the next two days.
INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA)
Indianapolis won 3-0 against Louisville, with the Indianapolis pitching staff combining to allow just four hits. Brad Lincoln
pitched six shutout innings, allowing those four hits, plus two walks, and striking out three batters to get the win. Kevin Hart
came on for three no-hit innings, allowing one walk and striking out three. The one walk is a big improvement for Hart. Hart was most likely in relief due to his upcoming suspension, which will cause him to miss his next scheduled start. Hart was suspended for throwing behind Carlos Santana in his start last week.
Altoona beat Richmond 4-2, sweeping the three game series against the Flying Squirrels. Jared Hughes
made the start, allowing two runs on seven hits in 5.2 innings, with a walk and seven strikeouts. Hughes gave up both of his runs on solo homers. Michael Dubee
pitched 1.1 shutout innings, allowing two hits, one walk, and striking out two. Dubee ran in to some trouble in the sixth, coming in to relieve Hughes, but escaped the jam without giving up a run. Jeff Sues
pitched two shutout innings for the save, allowing three hits and striking out two.
On an unrelated note, Kevin Melillo
was listed on Altoona’s roster in the program, with the roster updated on April 12th. Just a note for those of you wondering if Melillo is still in the organization.
Bradenton was the only Pirates affiliate that lost tonight, suffering their first loss of the season, not to mention the first loss in franchise history. Bryan Morris
made the start, pitching five innings, allowing two runs on four hits, with a walk and three strikeouts. Casey Erickson pitched two shutout innings in relief, with two hits, a walk, and a strikeout. Michael Colla got the loss, allowing a run on four hits in 2.2 innings, allowing the winning run to score in extra innings.
went 2-for-2, but left the game in the fifth inning. Marte was hit by a pitch before he left the game, so hopefully the move was only precautionary. Tony Sanchez
went 2-for-5 tonight, and is hitting for a .368 average so far this season, although it’s only been a week. Erik Huber
made an appearance as the designated hitter, going 1-for-3.
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WEST VIRGINIA POWER (A)
West Virginia won 2-0 against Charleston today, thanks to a strong outing from Nathan Baker
. Baker pitched five shutout innings, with three hits, one walk, and two strikeouts. Gabriel Alvarado pitched two shutout innings, allowing just two hits, then Ryan Kelly closed it out with two more shutout innings, allowing two hits, and striking out one.
West Virginia’s offense came from Kyle Morgan
, who went 1-for-3 with a double, a walk, and a run. Wes Freeman
and Jose Hernandez both had RBIs. Freeman has been struggling to start the season at the A-level. If he keeps this up, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him move back down to State College once the short season leagues begin. The aggressive move to West Virginia could have just been a move to give Freeman a full season of playing time.