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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 5/24/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA)

Indianapolis lost to Gwinnett 6-5.  Michael Crotta struggled in his second start in a row, allowing five runs on nine hits in five innings of work, with two walks and four strikeouts.  Justin Thomas pitched an inning, allowing one run on two hits.  Vinnie Chulk pitched two shutout innings, allowing a hit, a walk, and striking out two.  Anthony Claggett pitched a perfect inning.

Jose Tabata had a big day at the plate, going 3-for-5 with a double and two runs scored.  Neil Walker went 1-for-4 with a double and a run.  Pedro Alvarez went 1-for-4 with a double and three RBIs.  Kevin Melillo went 1-for-2 with a double and two walks.

ALTOONA CURVE (AA)
Altoona beat Akron 11-1.  Tim Alderson had his best start all year, pitching seven shutout innings, and allowing four hits, no walks, and striking out five.  Diego Moreno made his AA debut, and didn’t disappoint, with a shutout inning, one hit allowed, no walks, and two strikeouts.  Corey Hamman pitched a inning, allowing one run on two hits.

Altoona’s offense was on fire, led by Alex Presley.  Presley went 4-for-5 with two homers, a double, and a triple, and eight RBIs.  Too bad Presley didn’t turn one of those home runs in to a single, giving him the cycle.  He totally ruined what would have been a good night at the plate.  Gorkys Hernandez went 3-for-6 with a double and a run.  Matt Hague went 3-for-4 with a double and two runs.  Miles Durham went 2-for-5 with two runs scored.  Josh Harrison went 1-for-5 with two RBIs.

BRADENTON MARAUDERS (A+)
Bradenton lost 12-3 to Fort Myers.  Brian Leach pitched five innings, allowing four runs on seven hits, with two walks and three strikeouts.  Michael Felix allowed five runs on four hits in 1.2 innings, with three walks and a strikeout.  Tyler Cox allowed three runs in 1.1 innings.  Tom Boleska was the only Bradenton pitcher to go without a run, pitching a shutout inning with two hits allowed.

Calvin Anderson went 3-for-3 with a double and an RBI.  Eric Fryer went 2-for-4 with a double and a run.  Quincy Latimore went 2-for-5 with a double.  Brock Holt went 1-for-3 with two walks and two runs scored.

WEST VIRGINIA POWER (A)
West Virginia beat Lexington 3-0.  Nathan Baker pitched seven shutout innings, allowing three hits, three walks, and striking out one.  Phillip Irwin returned to the mound, with a shutout inning, one hit allowed, and two strikeouts.  Duke Welker got the save, with a shutout inning, and a one walk allowed.

Evan Chambers went 1-for-3 with two stolen bases and a run scored.  Jose Hernandez went 2-for-3.  Elevys Gonzalez went 1-for-4 and scored a run.  Josue Peley went 1-for-4 with a double and an RBI.

VSL PIRATES (RK)
The VSL Pirates beat the VSL Mariners 6-2.  Orlando Castro pitched three shutout innings, allowing two hits, one walk, and striking out four.  Rafael Rodriguez allowed the only runs, allowing two runs in two innings, with two walks and three strikeouts.  Francisco Vilchez pitched two shutout innings, and Jovany Lopez and Luis Figuera e

ach added a scoreless inning.

Jose Ozuna and Kelly Aponte each went 1-for-4 with a solo home run.  Jose Roman went 2-for-4 with an RBI.  David Pino went 1-for-4 with a run and two RBIs.  Jose Ortiz went 2-for-4 with a double.  Francisco Aponte went 2-for-2 with a double, two runs, and two walks.

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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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