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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 5/4/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA)

Indianapolis lost 3-1 to Lehigh Valley.  Daniel McCutchen made the start, allowing three runs on seven hits in six innings of work, with no walks and three strikeouts.  Justin Thomas pitched a perfect inning in relief, followed by a shutout inning by Steven Jackson, with Jackson allowing three walks.

The Indianapolis offense was very quiet today.  Jose Tabata went 2-for-3 with a walk and the only run scored.  Pedro Alvarez went 2-for-4 with a double and the only RBI, knocking in Tabata.  No other player got a hit.  Neil Walker went 0-for-3 with a walk playing at second base.  Brian Myrow played first base in place of Steve Pearce, who is getting promoted to the majors today.  Myrow went 0-for-3 with a walk and two strikeouts.

ALTOONA CURVE (AA)
Altoona won 9-1 against Richmond, led by a fantastic outing by Rudy Owens.  Owens pitched six no-hit innings, allowing just one walk, and striking out 11 batters.  Owens now has a 2.83 ERA through five starts, with a 28:3 K/BB ratio in 28.2 innings of work.  Yesterday I wrote about how it would be nice to see his strikeout numbers improve.  Tonight’s start was certainly an improvement.  Jeff Sues closed things out with three innings of work, allowing an unearned run on two hits, with no walks and one strikeout.  Sues now has a 1.23 ERA on the season.

The Altoona offense combined for a nice night as well.  Matt Hague went 2-for-5 with two doubles, and two RBIs.  Miles Durham went 2-for-4 with a walk, two RBIs, and a stolen base.  Chase d’Arnaud went 2-for-4 with two runs, a double, an an RBI.  Shelby Ford had a nice night, going 3-for-3 with a double, two runs, and a stolen base.  Alex Presley continued his hot hitting, going 2-for-4 with a run and a walk.

BRADENTON MARAUDERS (A+)
Bradenton lost to Palm Beach 10-6.  Brian Leach got the start, allowing five runs on seven hits, with two walks and two strikeouts.  Michael Felix came on in relief, pitching 2.2 innings and allowing two unearned runs on two hits, with two walks and two strikeouts.  Mike Colla allowed an unearned run on three hits in 1.1 innings of work.  Noah Krol allowed two runs on two hits in an inning of work.

Bradenton had a nice night at the plate, with every position player getting a hit.  Quincy Latimore went 2-for-5 with an RBI.  Calvin Anderson went 2-for-3 with a double, a walk, and an RBI.  Tony Sanchez went 1-for-4 with a double and two RBIs.  Starling Marte went 1-for-4 with a triple and a run.  Brock Holt went 1-for-4 with a run and a walk.  Jeremy Farrell went 1-for-3 with a run.

WEST VIRGINIA POWER (A)
West Virginia beat Greensboro 5-0.  Melkin Laureano made a nice start, pitching six shutout innings, allowing three hits, one walk, and striking out five.  Laureano hasa 1.40 ERA in 19.1 innings this season, with an 18:7 K/BB ratio.  He’s moved to the rotation in the last week, and has made two starts now, combining for two runs in ten innings, with nine hits, nine strikeouts, and three walks.  Laureano is 24 years old, so he’s a little old for the low-A level, which could be influencing his numbers.  Maurice Bankston pitched two perfect innings with two strikeouts, followed by a perfect inning from Zach Foster with one strikeout.

Aaron Baker led the offensive attack, going 2-for-4 with a double and three RBIs.  Adenson Chourio  had a big night, going 3-for-4 with the other two RBIs. &nbs

p;Courio also stole his fourth base of the season.  Evan Chambers went 1-for-2 with a double and two walks.  Josue Peley went 2-for-4 with a double and a run.

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