Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 5/30/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA)

Indianapolis resumed their suspended game against Charlotte from yesterday, and lost the game 8-4.  Jeremy Powell went 4.1 innings, allowing four runs on four hits, with a walk and two strikeouts.  Brian Bass allowed three runs in 1.2 innings of work.  Corey Hamman allowed one run in two innings, with no walks and three strikeouts.  The run was allowed on a solo homer, the only hit allowed by Hamman.

Brian Myrow went 1-for-3 with a homer and two RBIs.  Brandon Moss and Doug Bernier each wen 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI.  Pedro Alvarez went 1-for-4 with a run scored.  Jose Tabata stole his 20th base of the season.

In the regular Indianapolis game, the Indians won 3-2 against Charlotte.  Michael Crotta allowed one run on two hits in 5.1 innings, with four walks and five strikeouts.  Vinnie Chulk pitched 1.2 shutout innings, allowing one hit.  Wilfredo Ledezma pitched three innings, allowing one run on three hits, with no walks and three strikeouts.  Jean Machi got the win in extra innings with a scoreless inning.  Justin Thomas pitched a perfect inning to get the save.

Brian Friday went 2-for-6 with a homer and an RBI.  Friday has looked better in the month of May.  His average for the month is only .254, compared to .270 in April, but his OPS for the month is .810, compared to .689 in April.  Brandon Moss went 1-for-5 with an RBI.  Brandon Jones went 2-for-5.  Argenis Diaz went 2-for-5.

ALTOONA CURVE (AA)
Altoona beat Reading 5-2.  Rudy Owens got the win, pitching six innings and allowing two runs on four hits, with a walk and four strikeouts.  Tony Watson pitched the final three innings, allowing no runs, one hit, and no walks, with three strikeouts.

Hector Gimenez went 1-for-3 with a homer and three RBIs.  Alex Presley went 1-for-3 with a solo homer, his fifth of the season.  Matt Hague went 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI.  Jordy Mercer went 1-for-3 with a walk.  Chase d’Arnaud went 1-for-4 with a double and a run.

BRADENTON MARAUDERS (A+)
Bradenton lost 14-5 to Tampa.  Hunter Strickland allowed eight runs, four earned, on eight hits in 2.1 innings.  Melkin Laureano allowed four runs on five hits in 2.2 innings, with a walk and five strikeouts.  Tom Boleska allowed two runs on three hits in two innings of work.  Jimmy Barthmaier pitched a perfect inning in a rehab appearance.

Tony Sanchez went 2-for-5 with a double and three RBIs.  Brock Holt went 2-for-5 with two runs.  Robbie Grossman went 2-for-5 with two runs scored.  Calvin Anderson went 3-for-4 with a walk and an RBI.  Anderson is hitting for a .320/.384/.480 line in the month of May.

WEST VIRGINIA POWER (A)
West Virginia lost 8-0 to Hickory.  Kyle McPherson allowed four runs on six hits in 5.1 innings, with a walk and four strikeouts.  McPherson was hurt by two homers allowed.  Ryan Kelly allowed four runs, three earned, on five hits in 1.2 innings.  Mike Williams pitched two shutout innings, allowing two hits, no walks, and striking out one.

Rogelios Noris went 2-for-4 with a double.  Ele

vys Gonzalez went 0-for-2 with two walks.  Evan Chambers went 0-for-2 with two walks and a stolen base, his 12th of the season.  David Rubinstein went 1-for-4.

VSL PIRATES (RK)
The VSL Pirates lost 2-0 to the VSL Cardinals.  Rafael Rodriguez pitched two innings, allowing one unearned run on two hits, with four walks and a strikeout.  Orlando Castro pitched four shutout innings, allowing two hits, one walk, and striking out five.  Roberto Espinoza pitched two innings, allowing one run on three hits, with a walk and a strikeout.

Asley Ponce went 1-for-3 with a walk.  Carlos Esqueda went 1-for-3.  Those were the only two hits for the VSL Pirates.Jose Ozuna recorded a stolen base.

DSL PIRATES (RK)

The DSL Pirates lost 9-6 to the DSL Indians.  Ricky Perez pitched three innings, allowing one run on four hits, with a walk and four strikeouts.  Yhonatan Herrand pitched two innings, allowing four runs on six hits, with no walks and a strikeout.  It was a rough debut for Herrand, who the Pirates signed last week for $185 K.  Luis Valdez pitched three innings, allowing three runs, two earned, on three hits, with two walks and two strikeouts.  Darling Aldwey allowed one unearned run on two hits, with two walks and a strikeout in one inning of work.

Jordaneli Carvajal went 1-for-4 with a triple, an RBI, a walk, and a stolen base.  Samuel Gonzalez went 2-for-4 with a double, an RBI, and two runs scored.  Diego Goris went 2-for-3 with a walk and a run.  Jesus Vasquez went 1-for-4 with a double and two RBIs.  Leandro Mejia went 1-for-4 with a double and two RBIs.

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