Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 4/26/10

Indianapolis won a crazy game, winning by a score of 7-6 in 15 innings against Louisville.  The game started off with a nice outing by Donald Veal, who went 6.2 innings, allowing one run on two hits, with four walks and five strikeouts.  All four walks came with two outs and no runners on base, in separate innings of course.  Veal left in the seventh with two outs, after walking a runner, with Indianapolis up 2-0.  Anthony Claggett came on and gave up a two run home run, charging Veal with his only run of the day.
Indianapolis managed two runs in the top of the eighth, but Claggett blew the lead again, tying the game at four.  The game stayed tied until the 13th inning, thanks to a great performance by Corey Hamman.  Hamman pitched four shutout innings, allowing three hits, two walks, and striking out two.  Indianapolis scored the go-ahead run in the 13th when Erik Kratz walked with the bases loaded.  That brought on Jean Machi for the save.
Unfortunately, Machi allowed a solo homer on his first pitch, tying the game at 5-5.  Indianapolis scored again in the 14th inning when Argenis Diaz scored on a wild pitch.  Then, in the bottom of the 14th, Machi allowed another run, tying the game at 6-6.  Jose Tabata led off the top of the 15th with a solo homer, giving Indianapolis a 7-6 lead.  The homer was his second of the season.  Indianapolis was out of pitchers, so they brought on Erik Kratz to close out the game.  Kratz would have pitched a perfect inning had it not been for a fielding error by Doug Bernier.  However, he got the three outs needed, and recorded the save.
Altoona was postponed.
Bradenton won 2-1 against St. Lucie, thanks to good pitching, led by a nice start from Jeff Locke.  Locke went five innings, allowing one run on four hits, with no walks and three strikeouts.  Locke had an 8:3 ground ball to fly ball ratio in the game.  Diego Moreno came on for an excellent relief outing, pitching three perfect innings, and striking out seven of the nine batters he faced.  Noah Krol pitched a perfect ninth inning to get his sixth save of the season.
Bradenton got their offense from Calvin Anderson, who went 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI.  Anderson led off the second inning with a single, then scored from first on a Jeremy Farrell double.  Anderson hit a two out double in the fifth inning, scoring Brock Holt from second base.  Holt went 2-for-4 with the run and a walk.  Farrell went 1-for-3 with a walk and an RBI.
West Virginia had a big win over Kannapolis, winning 8-1.  Kyle McPherson had a strong start, going seven innings and allowing one run on five hits, with a walk and three strikeouts.  Ryan Kelly came on for two shutout innings of relief, allowing one hit, no walks, and striking out two.  The key for West Virginia tonight was the offense, scoring eight runs on 17 hits.
Aaron Baker had a big night, going 2-for-5 with a double and his first home run of the year.  Evan Chambers went 2-for-4 with a walk from the leadoff spot.  Kyle Morgan went 3-for-5 with two triples, scoring two runs and knocking one in.  Ramon Cabrera also had a big day, going 4-for-5 with a triple, two runs, and two
RBIs.  Jesus Brito also had a multi-hit night, going 2-for-4 with two walks.

Author: Tim Williams

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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