Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 4/17/10

The prospect watch returns to it’s regular nightly schedule…

Indianapolis lost 3-2 to Toledo tonight.  Chris Jakubauskas made a nice start, pitching five innings and allowing two runs on five hits, with three walks and seven strikeouts.  Brian Bass came on for three innings of relief, giving up a run on a solo homer, his only hit allowed.  Jean Machi also pitched a perfect inning of relief.
The Indianapolis offense didn’t show up to help Jakubauskas.  Steve Pearce went 2-for-3 with a homer and a triple, but was left stranded after the triple.  Luke Carlin went 3-for-4, but didn’t have many RBI opportunities, only knocking in one batter.  Pedro Alvarez went 0-for-4, and Jose Tabata went 1-for-5, with each player recording two strikeouts.
Altoona lost a back and forth game in the bottom of the 9th to Erie, going down 6-5 on a blown save by Ronald Uviedo.  Altoona was down 4-3 to start the 9th inning.  Jim Negrych, who already had a two run homer earlier in the game, came up to the plate with two outs and runners at first and second.  Negrych hit a two RBI double, giving Altoona a 5-4 lead heading in to the bottom of the ninth inning.  However, Uviedo came on, allowed a walk, then gave up a two run homer to the next batter for the loss.
Rudy Owens made the start for Altoona, going six innings and allowing three runs on seven hits.  Owens didn’t walk anyone, and struck out six batters, allowing one home run in the process.  Tony Watson came on for two innings of relief, allowing one run on two hits, with a walk and two strikeouts.  Outside of Negrych, Matt Hague was the next best thing for the offense, going 2-for-4 with a double and a run.
Bradenton got behind early in the game against St. Lucie, going down 5-0 after two innings, with St. Lucie adding another run in the top of the fourth before Bradenton could get on the board.  That was mostly due to errors from Brock Holt and Starling Marte in the second inning, leading to three unearned runs.  Nathan Adcock got the start, allowing six runs in five innings, with only three of those runs earned, on seven hits.  Adcock was hurt by two home runs.
Holt redeemed himself at the plate with a 2-for-5 performance, and two RBIs.  Starling Marte went 2-for-3 with an RBI and two walks.  Tony Sanchez homered for the second night in a row, ending up going 1-for-2 with that two run homer and two walks.  Jeremy Farrell also had a two hit night, going 2-for-4 with a double and two runs.  Mike Felix and Casey Erickson combined to give up four runs in the final four innings of the game, which combined with the earlier defensive woes, prevented Bradenton from winning, despite the offense they provided.
West Virginia was the only Pirates’ affiliate to win tonight, taking a 5-2 victory over Asheville.  Phillip Irwin went six strong innings, allowing two runs on five hits, with a walk and five strikeouts.  Gabriel Alvarado pitched three innings in relief, allowing no runs on two hits, with no walks and three strikeouts to get the save.  Alvarado has been impressive so far this season.  He’s pitched nine innings, allowing two runs on eight hits, with two walks and six strikeouts. &

nbsp;This follows a season where he posted a 5.05 ERA mostly in the West Virginia rotation over 114 innings.  Alvarado did have good strikeout and walk ratios, so maybe he’s just a guy who is more effective out of the bullpen.

Rogelios Noris was the offensive player of the game, going 3-for-4 with two runs and an RBI.  Noris also had an outfield assist, gunning a runner down at the plate.  Josue Peley went 1-for-3 with two RBIs.  Benjamin Gonzalez also went 2-for-5 from the leadoff spot with a stolen base.
On a side note, Quinton Miller only pitched one inning yesterday before being removed from the game.  Dejan Kovacevic reports that Miller was removed due to tendinitis in his right biceps.  Hopefully he’ll be able to return with no issues for his next start.
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