Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 4/30/10


Indianapolis lost 7-6 to Pawtucket.  Brad Lincoln had a rough start, allowing six runs on seven hits in six innings, with four walks and three strikeouts.  Lincoln allowed two home runs as well.  Corey Hamman allowed a run on a solo homer in one inning of work.  Jean Machi pitched a shutout inning, allowing just a walk.

The Indianapolis offense was looking good, but couldn’t overcome the poor start by Lincoln.  Jose Tabata went 2-for-5 with a double, two runs, and his ninth stolen base of the season.  Pedro Alvarez went 1-for-4 with a three run homer and two strikeouts.  Steve Pearce went 2-for-4 with two doubles and two runs.  Luke Carlin, who is now batting .378 on the season, went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and a double.

Altoona won 7-4 against Harrisburg.  Michael Crotta was originally scheduled to make the start before being promoted to AAA.  Jared Hughes stepped in and didn’t disappoint, making up for his last start.  Hughes went six innings, allowing one run on four hits, with a walk and five strikeouts.  Dustin Molleken came on to pitch 1.1 innings, but allowed three runs on three hits, with a walk, a strikeout, and a home run.  Molleken allowed all three runs in the eighth inning, then was replaced with Daniel Moskos with a one run lead.  Moskos walked the first batter he saw, then struck out two to end the inning.  Moskos then closed out the ninth inning to get his fifth save of the season.

Alex Presley had a nice game, going 1-for-4 with a home run, two runs, and two RBIs.  Josh Harrison went 2-for-5 with a run.  Chase d’Arnaud went 2-for-4 with a triple, a walk, two RBIs, and his third stolen base of the season.  Jordy Mercer came up big in the ninth inning with his second home run of the season, giving Altoona two insurance runs to work with.  Mercer went 1-for-5.

Bradenton won 9-2 against Charlotte, thanks to a strong outing from Bryan Morris, and some good offense from the Marauders.  Morris had what could be considered his best start of the season, pitching seven shutout innings, and allowing four hits, no walks, and striking out seven.  Morris now has a 0.98 ERA on the season, with a 26:3 K/BB ratio in 27.2 innings of work.  You have to wonder if he will be a candidate to get promoted to Altoona with the recent opening in the AA rotation left from the promotion of Michael Crotta.  Casey Erickson closed the game out, pitching the final two innings and allowing two runs, one earned, on five hits, with no walks and two strikeouts.

Bradenton’s offense didn’t disappoint tonight.  Tony Sanchez went 1-for-2 with his third home run of the season, plus two walks.  Brock Holt went 2-for-5 with his first home run of the season and three RBIs.  Quincy Latimore went 2-for-5 with two RBIs.  Jeremy Farrell went 2-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI.  Robbie Grossman went 1-for-3 with a double and two walks.

West Virginia lost 4-3 to Greenville.  Hunter Strickland had a decent start, considering what we’ve seen out of him already this season.  Strickland went 5.2 innings, allowing three runs on eight hits, with no walks and one strikeout.  Two of the runs came in the sixth inning, along with four of the hits.  It seems like Strickland keeps falling apart after four or five strong innings in his recent starts.  Brandon Holden pitched 1.1 shutout innings, allowing no hits, one walk and striking out two.  Maurice Bankston pitched 1.1 innings, allowing an unearned run on two hits, with a walk and three strikeouts.

Jesus Brito went 1-for-4 wit

h a home run, his second of the year.  Evan Chambers went 1-for-3 with a walk and an RBI.  Ramon Cabrera went 1-for-3 with a double and a run.  Those were the only three hits of the game for West Virginia’s offense.  Benjamin Gonzalez went 0-for-1 with a walk and a run.  West Virginia’s best hitters this year, Jarek Cunningham and Aaron Baker, each went 0-for-4.

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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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