Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 5/6/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA)

Indianapolis won 9-2 against Buffalo.  Brad Lincoln got the win after an excellent start, which saw him go six innings, allowing just one run on six hits, with two walks and seven strikeouts.  Wilfredo Ledezma pitched a shutout inning in relief, allowing no hits, two walks, and striking out one.  Anthony Claggett pitched two innings, allowing one run on two hits, with a walk and three strikeouts.

The Indianapolis offense had a big night, led by Pedro Alvarez, who went 1-for-4 with a three run homer.  Jose Tabata went 2-for-3 with a double, a walk, and three runs scored.  Tabata also stole his 13th base of the season.  Neil Walker went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs.  Brandon Moss and Erik Kratz each went 3-for-4.  Kratz had two doubles and an RBI.  Argenis Diaz went 2-for-5 with an RBI.

ALTOONA CURVE (AA)
Altoona lost 2-1 to Richmond in 11 innings.  Derek Hankins got the start, allowing just one run on five hits in six innings of work, with a walk and three strikeouts.  Tony Watson pitched three shutout innings in relief, allowing three hits, no walks, and striking out two.  Ronald Uviedo pitched 1.1 innings, allowing the winning run in his second inning of work for the loss.

Altoona had some good offense from the top of the lineup, but couldn’t capitalize.  Chase d’Arnaud went 1-for-4 with a walk and his fifth stolen base of the season.  Josh Harrison went 0-for-3 but walked twice.  Matt Hague and Miles Durham each went 2-for-5, with their hits being singles.  Hague had the only RBI, knocking in Gorkys Hernandez.  The only extra base hit of the night came from Kris Watts, who was 1-for-3.

BRADENTON MARAUDERS (A+)
Bradenton lost 8-1 against Charlotte on a combination of a bad pitching outing by Jeff Locke, and a lack of offense.  Locke pitched four innings, allowing four runs on nine hits, with a walk and four strikeouts.  Tyler Cox came on in relief, allowing two runs in two innings of work.  Tom Boleska pitched the final two innings, allowing two runs, one earned, on two hits, with no walks and two strikeouts.

Bradenton only managed three hits in the game, and not a single walk.  Austin McClune went 1-for-4.  Tony Sanchez went 1-for-4 with the only run scored.  Quincy Latimore went 1-for-3.  Calvin Anderson, who went 0-for-2, had the only RBI on a sacrifice fly.

WEST VIRGINIA POWER (A)
West Virginia lost 5-3 to Greensboro.  Nathan Baker got the start, allowing three runs, two earned, on six hits in six innings, with two walks and four strikeouts.  Marc Baca pitched 1.2 shutout innings in relief, with Jason Erickson getting the final out in the eighth inning.  Brandon Holden got the loss, allowing two runs in the ninth inning to give Greensboro the lead.

Rogelios Noris had a big night at the plate, going 2-for-4 with his second home run of the season, and two RBIs.  Jarek Cunningham went 2-for-5 with a run, snapping a five game hitless streak.  Evan Chambers went 0-for-3 with two walks and a run.  Chambers is only hitting for a .220 average on the season, but has an amazing .413 OBP, thanks to 24 walks this season.

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Tim Williams

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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