Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 5/22/10


Indianapolis won 4-3 against Gwinnett.  Brad Lincoln had another strong outing, pitching eight innings, and allowing three runs on five hits, with no walks and three strikeouts.  Lincoln threw 77 pitches, with 50 strikes and 27 balls in his eight innings of work.  Justin Thomas pitched a shutout inning for the save, allowing one hit and striking out one.

Jose Tabata and Pedro Alvarez led the offense.  Tabata went 2-for-4 with an RBI double and a run.  Tabata scored after a single when Pedro Alvarez hit a two run homer, his tenth of the season.  Luke Carlin went 1-for-3 with a double.  Argenis Diaz with 1-for-3 with a run.

Altoona won both games of a double header against Erie.  Altoona won game one 8-3.  Jared Hughes allowed three runs on three hits in 4.1 innings of work, with five walks and seven strikeouts.  Michael Dubee pitched 2.2 shutout innings, with one hit, no walks, and five strikeouts to get the win.  Matt Hague went 3-for-3 with a walk, two runs, and an RBI, plus a stolen base.  Jordy Mercer went 4-for-4 with two runs and an RBI.  Alex Presley went 3-for-4 with two doubles and two RBIs.

Altoona won game two by a score of 7-3.  Derek Hankins pitched 5.1 innings, allowing three runs on four hits, with four walks and four strikeouts.  Daniel Moskos pitched a perfect inning in relief, with two strikeouts.  Kris Watts went 2-for-3 with a homer.  Alex Presley went 2-for-4 with a triple and two RBIs.  Josh Harrison went 2-for-4 with an RBI.  Matt Hague went 1-for-4 with a double, two runs, and two RBIs.  Gorkys Hernandez went 2-for-3 with a run.

Bradenton beat Clearwater 9-8.  Aaron Pribanic got the start, allowing five runs, three earned, on nine hits in five innings.  Pribanic walked one batter and struck out five.  Tom Boleska pitched two innings, allowing one unearned run on two hits.  Diego Moreno had a rare bad outing, allowing two runs on two hits in one inning, with no walks, two strikeouts, and a home run allowed.  Noah Krol got the save with a perfect inning.

Calvin Anderson led the offense, going 2-for-5 with a homer, a double, and five RBIs.  Jeremy Farrell went 4-for-5 with two runs scored.  Brock Holt went 2-for-6 with a stolen base and a run.  Tony Sanchez went 1-for-3 with two runs, an RBI, and two walks.  Eric Fryer went 1-for-3 with a run and two RBIs.

West Virginia beat Lakewood 6-4.  Victor Black got the start, but only lasted 0.2 innings.  Black allowed two runs on one hit, with three walk and a strikeout.  One of the runs was scored after Black left.  It’s likely that Black exceeded his pitch limit for the inning, resulting in the early exit.  Maurice Bankstron pitched 3.1 innings, allowing two runs on two hits, with a walk and three strikeouts to get the win.  Marc Baca pitched four shutout innings, allowing two hits, two walks, and striking out four.  Duke Welker pitched one shutout inning, with one walk allowed for the save.

Aaron Baker went 2-for-3 with a triple and two RBIs.  David Rubinstein went 1-for-3 with a run and two RBIs.  Benjamin Gonzalez went 3-for-4 with a stolen base, a run, and an RBI.  Evan Chambers went 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored.

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The VSL Pirates game was postponed.
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