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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 5/19/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA)

Indianapolis lost 7-5 to Scranton-Wilkes Barre.  Michael Crotta had his worst start of the season, allowing seven runs on 12 hits in five innings of work, with a walk and a strikeout.  Justin Thomas pitched two shutout innings, allowing one hit, one walk, and striking out one.  Wilfredo Ledezma and Jean Machi each pitched a shutout inning in relief.

Brandon Moss went 2-for-4 with a homer and two RBIs.  Kevin Melillo continued his hot hitting, going 2-for-3 with two doubles and two runs.  Pedro Alvarez went 1-for-2 with a double, a run, and two walks.  Neil Walker went 1-for-5 with a double.  Jose Tabata went 0-for-2 with two walks and two RBIs.

ALTOONA CURVE (AA)
Altoona lost 3-1 to Akron.  Tim Alderson pitched six innings, allowing three runs on five hits, with no walks and one strikeout.  Alderson was plagued by homers, giving up two in this game.  This was the first outing of the season that Alderson lasted six innings, and while it wasn’t outstanding, it was an improvement over what we’ve seen so far this year.  In case you missed it, I uploaded the video recap of Alderson’s last start on May 13th.

Michael Dubee pitched two shutout innings, allowing three hits, no walks, and striking out two.  Corey Hamman pitched a shutout inning, allowing a hit and a walk.  Hector Gimenez provided most of the offense, going 3-for-4.  Jose De Los Santos went 2-for-3 with an RBI.  Josh Harrison went 0-for-2 with a walk and a run.  Chase d’Arnaud went 1-for-4.

BRADENTON MARAUDERS (A+)
Bradenton lost 2-1 to Dunedin.  Brian Leach pitched six innings, allowing one run on three hits, with three walks and four strikeouts.  Tom Boleska got the loss, pitching 2.1 innings, and allowing one run on four hits, with one walk and no strikeouts.

Eric Fryer had a big day, going 3-for-4 with his fifth homer of the season, a solo shot, to score the only Bradenton run.  Calvin Anderson went 2-for-4.  Austin McClune went 1-for-3.  Walker Gourley got the call from Extended Spring Training, and went 1-for-3.

WEST VIRGINIA POWER (A)
West Virginia won 3-2 against Delmarva.  Kyle McPherson had an impressive start, going five innings, and allowing two runs, one earned, on seven hits, with no walks and ten strikeouts.  Delmarva ranks around the middle of the South Atlantic League in strikeouts at the plate, which makes McPherson’s performance very impressive.  McPherson now has a 39:8 K/BB ratio in 41.2 innings of work this season.  Marc Baca pitched three shutout innings, allowing a walk and a hit, and striking out two.  Zach Foster got the win, pitching a scoreless ninth inning.

Foster got the win thanks to a walk off RBI double by Evan Chambers.  Chambers went 1-for-4 on the day, with a walk, and the RBI double.  David Rubinstein went 2-for-4 with a double and a stolen base.  Jesus Brito went 2-for-4 with two runs and a stolen base.  Benjamin Gonzalez went 1-for-3 with a walk and an RBI.

VSL PIRATES (RK)
The VSL Pirates beat the VSL Reds 2-1.  Francisco Vilchez got the start, pitching four shutout innings, with two hits, one walk, and two strikeouts.  Jose Marrujo made his VSL debut, with 1.1 shutout innings, allowing no hits and one walk.  Remberto Romo allowed an

unearned run in 2.2 innings of work, but ended up getting the win.  Romo allowed one hit, one walk, and struck out two.  Luis Figuera pitched a perfect inning with two strikeouts for the save.

Ashley Ponce went 1-for-4 with a double and a run.  David Pino had the only other hit, going 1-for-3.  Kelly Aponte went 0-for-3 with an RBI.  Francisco Aponte went 0-for-1 with two walks and a run scored, which he scored by stealing home.  It seemed to be part of a double steal with Ponce, although Ponce didn’t get credit with a stolen base, and instead was listed as moving from first to third on a throwing error by the shortstop.

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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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