Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 4/25/10

Indianapolis won 6-1 against Louisville, led by a Brad Lincoln gem, and some great hitting by Steve Pearce and Neil Walker.  Lincoln pitched seven innings, allowing one run on five hits, with no walks and five strikeouts to get the win.  Wilfredo Ledezma pitched a perfect inning with a strikeout.  Jean Machi came on to close things out in the ninth, pitching a shutout inning, allowing a walk and a hit, with three strikeouts.

Walker led the offense, going 3-for-5 with a double and three RBIs, raising his average to .328.  Walker also recorded his sixth stolen base on the season.  Pearce went 4-for-4 with a walk, raising his average to an amazing .417 line.  Brandon Moss also went 2-for-5 with two RBIs.  Jose Tabata went 2-for-4 with a walk from the leadoff spot, raising his average to .333.

Altoona lost to Erie 10-3.  Jared Hughes got rocked in his start, allowing eight runs on eight hits in 2.2 innings of work, with a walk and three strikeouts.  Tony Watson also had his worst outing of the season, allowing two runs on two hits, both hits being home runs, with no walks and two strikeouts.  Michael Dubee was the only Altoona pitcher to have success, with three shutout innings, allowing one hit, no walks, and striking out one.
Kris Watts was the biggest contributor from the offense, going 3-for-4 with a run and an RBI.  Chase d’Arnaud returned to the lineup to go 1-for-4 with a stolen base.  Miles Durham went 1-for-3 with a walk and a double, the only extra base hit of the day for Altoona.
Bradenton suffered a tough loss, losing 5-4 to St. Lucie in 11 innings.  The Marauders got a great start from Bryan Morris, who went six innings, allowing one unearned run on four hits, with a walk and eight strikeouts.  Tyler Cox pitched two innings in relief, allowing an unearned run on two hits.  Bradenton carried a 4-2 lead to the ninth inning, but Michael Colla allowed two runs to send the game to extra innings.  Colla put the winning run aboard, and was credited with the loss when Michael Felix allowed an RBI single in relief.  Colla finished with three runs on three hits in 2.1 innings, with two homers allowed.
Calvin Anderson led the offense, going 2-for-3 with a double, two walks, and two RBIs.  Starling Marte went 2-for-4 with his sixth stolen base of the season.  Eric Fryer also went 2-for-4 with a double.  The start for Morris gives him a 1.31 ERA on the season in 20.2 innings of work.  Even better is his 19:3 K/BB ratio, and his 1.93 ground ball to fly ball ratio.
West Virginia split a double header against Kannapolis.  West Virginia won game one by a score of 10-6, led by the offense of Rogelios Noris.  Noris went 3-for-4 with three runs and three RBIs, hitting his first homer of the season, plus two doubles.  Noris also recorded an outfield assist.  Jarek Cunningham went 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI. Wes Freeman went 1-for-4 with a double, and recorded an outfield assist.  Benjamin Gonzalez went 2-for-3 from the number nine spot, while David Rubinstein went 2-for-4.
Hunter Strickland got off to a good start, pitching five shutout innings, but ran in to trouble in the sixth.  Strickland allowed four runs in the sixth, with Marc Baca adding another run in relief, tying the game at five.  West Virginia’s offense scored five runs in the top of the seventh to win the game, with Baca and Zach Foster closing the game out.  The start for Strickland was another bad outing, raising his ERA on the season to 6.64.  He recorded three walks and no strikeouts in 5.1 innings, with one home run allowed.
West Virginia lost game two by a score of 5-0.  Nathan Baker made the start, pitching 4.2 innings, and allowing three runs on seven hits, with a walk, three strikeouts, and two homers.  Jason Erickson pitched the final 1.1 innings, allowing two runs on four hits.
The offense was quiet for West Virginia in game two, with the Power only recording four hits.  Those hits came from Aaron Baker, Kyle Morgan, Ramon Cabrera, and Benjamin Gonzalez, and all four hits were singles.  West Virginia did manage six walks, with Evan Chambers leading the way with two walks, going 0-for-2 on the night from the leadoff spot.
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