Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 5/3/10
INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA)
Indianapolis won 4-1 against Lehigh Valley. Jeremy Powell
pitched seven shutout innings, allowing five hits, three walks, and striking out four to get the win. Vinnie Chulk
pitched a perfect inning in relief. Jean Machi
closed out the game with an inning of work, allowing one unearned run on one hit, with one walk.
The big story was that Neil Walker was pulled from the game in the fifth inning. The Pirates are expected to call up a position player tomorrow, and that could be Walker since he was removed from the game. Walker was 0-for-3 at the time he was pulled. Brandon Jones had a big night at the plate, going 2-for-5 with a home run. Steve Pearce went 1-for-4 with a double. Pedro Alvarez went 2-for-3 with a double, a walk, and two RBIs.
Altoona lost 9-5 to Richmond. Tim Alderson
pitched five innings, allowing five runs, four earned, on nine hits. It wasn’t the most encouraging stat line, although one bright spot was that Alderson walked none and struck out eight batters in his five innings of work. Dustin Molleken
got the loss, allowing four runs in 2.1 innings of work. Daniel Moskos
pitched 0.2 shutout innings, allowing no hits, one walk, and striking out one.
Josh Harrison went 3-for-5 with two runs scored. Alex Presley went 2-for-4 with a run. Chase d’Arnaud went 1-for-5 with his fourth stolen base of the season. Miles Durham went 1-for-1 with a double, the only extra base hit in the game. Durham replaced Gorkys Hernandez, who collided with Jose de los Santos on a fly ball to the outfield. Both players left the game.
Bradenton lost 1-0 to Palm Beach. It was another strong start for Nathan Adcock
, who pitched seven innings, allowing one run on three hits, with no walks, and eight strikeouts. The lone run came on a solo homer. Adcock now has a 28:6 K/BB ratio in 26 innings of work, with a 2.42 ERA on the season. That’s a huge improvement over his 5.29 ERA in 126 innings at the high-A level last year, where he had an 86:61 K/BB ratio. Casey Erickson
added a shutout inning, allowing just one hit.
Bradenton’s offense only managed three hits. Robbie Grossman and Tony Sanchez each went 1-for-3 with a walk, while Starling Marte went 1-for-3 with his eighth stolen base of the season.
West Virginia lost 4-2 to Greensboro. Gabriel Alvarado made the start, allowing four runs, two earned, on seven hits in 3.1 innings, with a walk and two strikeouts. Jason Erickson pitched three shutout innings, allowing two hits, no walks, and striking out three. Brandon Holden had a nice outing, pitching two perfect innings with five strikeouts.
West Virginia only managed three hits, but drew a lot of walks. The hits belonged to Evan Chambers, Rogelios Noris, and Adenson Chourio, with all three batters going 1-for-3. Chambers and Chourio added RBIs.