Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 4/24/10

Indianapolis was postponed due to rain.
Altoona got a strong start from Michael Crotta, but lost 4-3 to Erie thanks to a three run home run given up by reliever Dustin Molleken.  Crotta pitched another strong outing, going six innings and allowing one run on three hits, with two walks and six strikeouts.  Crotta now has a 1.78 ERA on the season.  If you’re interested in seeing Crotta pitching, I have a video recap of his 4/13 start against Richmond.  Molleken pitched three innings, allowing three runs on two hits, with three walks and three strikeouts.
Altoona got a solo home run in the fourth inning from Matt Hague, who went 1-for-3 on the night with a walk and the homer, which was his second of the year.  Jim Negrych gave Altoona a 3-1 lead in the fifth inning with a two RBI single.  Negrych went 2-for-3 on he night with a walk, raising his average to .349.  Alex Presley and Jose De Los Santos each went 1-for-3 with a run, both players scoring on the single from Negrych.  De Los Santos was starting at shortstop, giving Chase d’Arnaud a day off.
Bradenton beat St. Lucie 6-5.  The Marauders got down early, with starter Brian Leach giving up four runs in the second inning.  Bradenton bounced right back, getting four runs in the top of the third inning, although all four runs were unearned due to errors.  Leach allowed another run in the third inning, but Bradenton bounced back for two more runs in the fourth, thanks to an RBI double by Tony Sanchez, and an error which later allowed Sanchez to score.
Leach finished allowing five runs, four earned, on eight hits in 4.2 innings of work.  Leach walked three and struck out two.  Bradenton got a great effort from their bullpen to hold the lead.  Casey Erickson pitched 2.1 shutout innings, allowing four hits, no walks, and striking out one.  Tom Boleska and Noah Krol each pitched a shutout inning to close things out, with Krol getting the save.
Tony Sanchez went 1-for-3 at the plate with a double and two RBIs.  Starling Marte went 1-for-4 with two runs and his fifth stolen base of the season.  Brock Holt and Greg Picart each went 1-for-5 with a run from the top of the order.  Austin McClune went 2-for-4.
West Virginia was postponed due to rain.
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