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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 4/22/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA)

Indianapolis lost 7-1 to Louisville, with Aroldis Chapman making the start for the Reds’ AAA team.  Jeff Karstens pitched five innings, allowing three runs on six hits, with no walks and five strikeouts.  Steven Jackson came on in relief, but only pitched to two batters.  Jackson gave up a solo homer to the first batter, then was ejected after hitting the second batter.  Jackson will probably face a suspension for the incident.  Anthony Claggett allowed one run in two innings of work.  Justin Thomas pitched an inning, allowing two runs, one earned, on three hits, with no walks and two strikeouts.  Jean Machi pitched a shutout inning, with a walk and two strikeouts.

Luke Carlin was the star of the offense, going 2-for-3 with a stolen base and the only Indianapolis run.  Steve Pearce also had a good night at the plate, going 0-for-1 with four walks.  Pedro Alvarez went 1-for-4, with a strikeout, a single, and a walk against Chapman.  Jose Tabata went 1-for-4 with a walk.  Neil Walker went 1-for-5 with a double.

ALTOONA CURVE (AA)
Altoona was the lone bright spot in the Pirates’ organization today, winning 3-2 against Erie.  Altoona was led by two big performances, one by Rudy Owens, and the other by Jordy Mercer.  Owens pitched a gem, allowing one run on five hits in six innings of work, with a walk and five strikeouts.  Michael Dubee came on in relief, pitching 1.1 shutout innings, allowing no hits, one walk, and striking out two.  Daniel Moskos came on for the save, pitching the final 1.2 innings, allowing one run on two hits, with no walks and a strikeout for his third save of the year.

Jordy Mercer was the offense tonight for Altoona.  Mercer hit a solo home run in the fourth inning, his first homer of the season.  Then in the fifth he hit an RBI double, bringing Gorkys Hernandez to the plate.  Mercer tripled to lead off the eighth inning, and scored on a Matt Hague single two batters later.  Mercer finished the night 3-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs, and was a single shy of the cycle.  Hague went 2-for-3 with the game winning RBI.  Alex Presley went 3-for-3.

BRADENTON MARAUDERS (A+)
Bradenton lost 6-3 to Fort Myers.  Aaron Pribanic got the start, allowing four runs in six hits over four innings of work, with two walks and three strikeouts.  Michael Colla pitched two perfect innings in relief, with three strikeouts.  Tom Boleska pitched an inning, allowing one hit, but gave up two unearned runs.  Boleska stuck out two batters.  Michael Felix pitched a shutout inning, with one hit, one walk, and two strikeouts.

Brock Holt went 3-for-5 with two doubles, a run, and an RBI.  Tony Sanchez went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and a walk.  Sanchez was the designated hitter once again tonight.  Jeremy Farrell went 1-for-3.  Greg Picart went 2-for-4 with a run and his fourth stolen base of the season.

WEST VIRGINIA POWER (A)
West Virginia lost 6-1 to Greenville.  Gabriel Alvarado got the start, allowing four runs in four innings of work, with six hits, one walk, three strikeouts and two homers.  Maurice Bankston allowed two runs in three innings.  Bankston allowed four walks and one hit, with his hit being a home run.  Duke Welker and Marc Baca each pitched a perfect inning in relief.

Jarek Cunningham has been one of the few bright spots on the West Virginia offense so far this season.  Cunningham went 2-for-4 with an RBI tonight.  Cunningham is now hitting for a .364 average, and is the only player from tonight’s lineup hitting over .268.  Evan Chambers, Rogelios Noris, and Josue Peley got the other hits, with all three batters going 1-for-4.  Kyle Morgan went 0-for-2, but walked twice.

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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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