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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 5/14/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA)

Indianapolis beat Toledo 8-1.  Michael Crotta continued his impressive season, going seven innings and allowing just one run on seven hits, with no walks and five strikeouts.  Crotta has a 2.86 ERA in his three starts for Indianapolis so far, with an 11:2 K/BB ratio in 22 innings of work.  Anthony Claggett and Jeremy Powell each pitched a perfect inning in relief.

The Indianapolis offense was really clicking.  Pedro Alvarez went 2-for-4 with his ninth homer of the season, and three RBIs.  Neil Walker went 1-for-4 with his sixth homer of the season, plus his tenth stolen base of the year.  Brian Friday went 2-for-4 with a homer and two runs.  Brandon Jones went 3-for-4.

ALTOONA CURVE (AA)
Altoona lost 7-1 to Richmond.  Rudy Owens had a decent start, going six innings and allowing four runs, three earned, on seven hits, with two walks and three strikeouts.  Tony Watson had a bad outing, allowing two runs in 1.1 innings of work.  Corey Hamman allowed a run in 0.2 innings.

Alex Presley had a big night at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a double.  Shelby Ford went 2-for-4 with a triple.  Chase d’Arnaud went 0-for-2 with two walks, his seventh stolen base of the season, and the only Altoona run.  Jordy Mercer went 1-for-4 with the only RBI of the game.

BRADENTON MARAUDERS (A+)
Bradenton beat Fort Meyers 1-0.  Brian Leach pitched four shutout innings, allowing three hits, one walk, and striking out three.  Casey Erickson pitched three more shutout innings to follow Leach, allowing one hit, no walks, and striking out three.  Diego Moreno got the win, pitching a perfect eighth inning, followed by a perfect ninth inning by Noah Krol for the save.

Brock Holt went 1-for-3 with a walk.  Erik Huber went 1-for-3 as well.  Those were the only two hits Bradenton recorded on the night.  Eric Fryer went 0-for-2 with a run, while Greg Picart went 0-for-3 with the only RBI of the game.

WEST VIRGINIA POWER (A)
West Virginia lost to Hagerstown 3-1.  Melkin Laureano pitched five innings, allowing two runs on four hits, with a walk and three strikeouts.  Gabriel Alvarado pitched two innings, allowing one run on three hits, with no walks and two strikeouts.  Ryan Kelly added a perfect inning in the ninth.

Jarek Cunningham went 2-for-4 with a double and the only run of the game.  Ramon Cabrera also went 2-for-4, getting the only RBI for West Virginia.  David Rubinstein and Kyle Morgan each went 1-for-3 with a walk.  Evan Chambers went 1-for-5.

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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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