Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 5/26/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA)

Indianapolis was off today.
ALTOONA CURVE (AA)
Altoona beat Akron 5-2.  Bryan Morris made his second start in AA, and went 5.2 innings, allowing one run on four hits, with a walk and six strikeouts.  Morris has allowed two runs in 11 innings so far, with a 13:3 K/BB ratio in his AA debut.  Tony Watson pitched two innings, allowing a run on four hits, with no walks and two strikeouts.  Michael Dubee closed the game out, pitching 1.1 shutout innings, with one hit allowed, one walk, and two strikeouts.

Hector Gimenez led the offense for the second night in a row, going 2-for-3 with a homer and two runs scored.  Jose de los Santos went 2-for-4 with a double and a run.  Josh Harrison went 1-for-5 with an RBI.  Chase d’Arnaud went 0-for-5 with a run, an RBI, and his ninth stolen base of the season.

BRADENTON MARAUDERS (A+)
Bradenton beat Fort Meyers 10-4.  Jeff Locke got the start, and was roughed up for four runs on seven hits in 3.2 innings, with one walk and five strikeouts.  Locke allowed all four runs in the fourth inning.  Melkin Laureano made his Bradenton debut, going 4.1 shutout innings, allowing no hits, one walk, and striking out five for the win.  Mike Colla pitched a shutout inning, with a walk and a strikeout.

Calvin Anderson led the offense, going 4-for-4 with a homer, four RBIs, and two runs scored.  Anderson has been on fire this month, with a .306/.372/.529 line, and three homers in 85 at-bats.  A big drawback has been his strikeout ratio.  Anderson is striking out 35% of the time this month, and only walking 5.8% of the time.  Robbie Grossman went 2-for-4 with a homer, two runs, and two RBIs.  Tony Sanchez went 3-for-3 with two runs and an RBI.  Brock Holt went 1-for-4 with a run, an RBI, and a stolen base.

WEST VIRGINIA POWER (A)
West Virginia lost 5-4 to Lexington.  Jason Erickson got the start, allowing four runs on six hits in 5.1 innings, with one walk and one strikeout.  Gabriel Alvarado pitched 1.2 shutout innings, allowing two hits and a walk.  Zach Foster pitched two innings, allowing one run on two hits, and getting the loss.

Elevys Gonzalez had a big day, going 3-for-4 with a homer, a stolen base and two RBIs.  Jesus Brito went 1-for-4 with a homer, his sixth of the season, and second in as many games.  Ramon Cabrera had the only other West Virginia hit, going 1-for-3 with a walk.  Benjamin Gonzalez went 0-for-3 with a walk, and stole home on the back end of a double steal with Elevys Gonzalez.

VSL PIRATES (RK)
The VSL Pirates beat the VSL Reds 10-8.  Deivis Goatache got roughed up in the start, allowing six runs, five earned, on five hits in 1.2 innings.  Oderman Rocha made his debut, pitching 3.1 innings, allowing one unearned run on three hits.  Jesus Barraza pitched 1.1 shutout innings, allowing two hits.  Jovany Lopez pitched 1.2 shutout innings, allowing no hits, one walk, and striking out two.  Luis Figuera got the save, allowing one run on two hits in one inning.

Ashley Ponce went 3-for-5 with two doubles and two runs.  David Pino went 2-for-4 with a triple and three RBIs.  Jose Ozuna went 2-for-4 with a double, a run, and an RBI.  Jordan Galvez went 3-for-5 with a triple, two runs, and two RBIs.  Jose Roman went 1-for-4 with a double, a run, and an RBI.

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