Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 4/21/10
INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA)
Neil Walker and Steve Pearce continued their hot hitting at the start of the 2010 season. Walker went 2-for-3 with a walk, while Pearce went 2-for-4. Brian Myrow went 2-for-4 with two doubles and the only run of the game for Indianapolis. Jose Tabata went 0-for-4, ending an 11 game hitting streak. Tabata is batting for a .302 average on the young season.
Altoona’s offense had a lot of contributors. Kris Watts went 1-for-2 with a homer, two RBIs, two walks, and three runs. Chase d’Arnaud and Josh Harrison each went 2-for-5, with d’Arnaud hitting two doubles, and both players scoring a run. Jim Negrych went 3-for-4 with two doubles and a walk. Matt Hague went 2-for-4 with three RBIs.
Immediately after seeing this, the results of the sixth inning started to come in. Throwing error by Jeremy Farrell to put a runner on first, leading off the inning. Another throwing error by Farrell, putting runners on first and second. A fielder’s choice to second base, with no outs resulting in the play, followed that. Then Locke allowed his second hit of the game, a double, bringing in two runs. Coincidence? I think not.
Locke finished the evening with five innings, two hits allowed, three unearned runs, two walks, and ten strikeouts. Bradenton gave him plenty of support, giving him the win by a 7-3 score. Eric Fryer gave Bradenton a big boost, going 1-for-3 with a three run homer. Jeremy Farrell went 2-for-4, with his two hits coming before his errors in the sixth. Brock Holt and Rodolfo Cardona each went 2-for-4, with Holt hitting a triple and scoring two runs.
Michael Felix came on for a perfect inning to bail out Locke, although Felix did allow one runner to score on a groundout. Casey Erickson pitched two perfect innings, striking out two, while Noah Krol pitched a perfect ninth inning with a strikeout to cap things off.
Kyle Morgan got
West Virginia on the board with a solo homer in the second inning. Morgan went 1-for-4 on the night, with the homer being his second of the season. Jesus Brito tied it at three in the fourth inning with a two RBI double. Brito went 1-for-3 on the night with a walk. Jarek Cunningham went 2-for-4 with a run, raising his average to .353 on the season.