Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 4/19/10
INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA)
Indianapolis fell apart in the eighth when Vinnie Chulk gave up a leadoff homer, three straight singles to load the bases, and a walk to bring in another run. Anthony Claggett came on to relieve Chulk, but immediately allowed an RBI single, a walk with the bases loaded, and another RBI single. Claggett got credit for the last run, and allowed another run in the ninth after leading off the inning with two straight doubles. The Indianapolis bullpen has struggled to start the season, and with Hayden Penn getting assigned to AAA today, someone might end up getting released.
The only offense from the Indians came on an RBI by Luke Carlin, scoring Jonathan Van Every. Pedro Alvarez was 2-for-4, and didn’t strike out. Alvarez also stole a base. Jose Tabata went 1-for-3 with a walk, and stole his seventh base of the season, a number that is pretty strong for a season only two weeks old.
Ronald Uviedo and Jeff Sues combined for 2.2 shutout innings, with both pitchers recording no walks and one strikeout, and Sues allowing the only hit. The big contributor from the Altoona offense tonight was Alex Presley, who went 2-for-5 with his first homer of the year, a triple, and five RBIs. Presley also stole a base. Matt Hague also contributed from the bottom of the order, going 1-for-3 with two walks and two RBIs. Jordy Mercer went 1-for-4 with his fourth double of the year, and scored twice. Jim Negrych and Gorkys Hernandez each had two hits, while Josh Harrison went 1-for-2 with a double and three walks.
Quincy Latimore led the offense by going 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs. Tony Sanchez continued his hot hitting, going 1-for-3 with his fifth double of the season, plus a run, an RBI, and a walk. Sanchez has been DHing the past few days due to tenderness in his shoulder, according to Kyle Stark via Rocco DeMaro.