Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 4/9/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA)

Indianapolis won a high scoring affair against Columbus, winning by a 14-12 final.  Pedro Alvarez homered twice for the Indians, getting his second and third homers of the season in just his first 9 at-bats.  Erik Kratz and Jonathan Van Every also homered for the Indians.  Kratz left after after catching a pitch, and was replaced with Luke Carlin.  Indianapolis announcer Scott McCauley reports that Kratz has a hamstring injury, and will likely miss tomorrow’s game, but shouldn’t miss much more than that.

Jose Tabata went 2-for-6 with two doubles at the top of the order.  Brian Myrow went 3-for-4 with two walks as the number three hitter.  The only Indianapolis hitter who didn’t record a hit was Argenis Diaz.

Brad Lincoln had a rough outing, going 3.1 innings and allowing seven runs (five earned) on eight hits, with four strikeouts and a walk.  Lincoln also allowed three homers.  Jeff Karstens pitched 2.2 innings, allowing four runs on four hits, but picked up the win.  Brian Bass pitched the final three innings, allowing just one run on two hits, and picking up the save.

ALTOONA CURVE (AA)
Altoona won their second game in a row, winning 6-1 against Harrisburg.  Gorkys Hernandez, Chase d’Arnaud, and Jordy Mercer all had two hits each from the top three spots in the order.  Josh Harrison also had a two hit night.  Mercer and Jose De Los Santos each recorded their first stolen base of the season.

Altoona was led once again by strong pitching.  Jared Hughes went five innings, allowing one run on five hits, with no walks and four strikeouts.  The one run came on a solo homer.  Tony Watson followed that up with two shutout innings in relief, striking out two and allowing just one walk.  Dustin Molleken and Jeff Sues closed things out with one scoreless inning each.

BRADENTON MARAUDERS (A+)
Bradenton won their second game in a row, beating Fort Myers by a score of 5-3.  Robbie Grossman, Tony Sanchez, Calvin Anderson, and Eric Fryer all recorded multiple hits, with both hits from Sanchez being doubles.  Jeremy Farrell, who homered twice yesterday, went 1-for-3 with a three run homer tonight.  Speaking of which, now that the rosters are set I’ll be getting back to creating the BUCCO Fans Player Pages, and Farrell will be one of the first ones I make.

Jeff Locke started the game for Bradenton, pitching 4.2 innings and allowing two runs on four hits, with no walks and four strikeouts.  Diego Moreno pitched two shutout innings, allowing just one hit and recording a strikeout, to get the win.  Tom Boleska pitched an inning, allowing a run on a solo homer, then Noah Krol closed it out with a perfect inning, getting the save.

WEST VIRGINIA POWER (A)
West Virginia fell to 0-2, getting shutout by Savannah 5-0.  There obviously wasn’t much happening on the offensive side of the ball, with Jarek Cunningham recording two hits, and David Rubinstein going 1-for-3.  No other West Virginia hitter recorded a hit, and only Evan Chambers reached base safely, going 0-for-2 with a walk, and getting hit by a pitch.  Wes Freeman recorded an outfield assist for the second game in a row, nailing a runner trying to advance from first to third on a single in the fifth inning.

Nathan Baker got the start, and had a pretty decent outing.  Baker pitched four innings, allowing four runs on four hits, but only two of the runs were earned.  Most impressive was that Baker recorded seven strikeouts and just one walk.  Maurice Bankston followed that up with three innings, allowing one run on three hits.  Ryan Kelly also contributed a shutout inning, allowing one hit.

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