Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 5/8/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA)

Indianapolis lost 4-3 to Buffalo.  Michael Crotta made his second start at the AAA level, allowing four runs on eight hits in eight innings of work, with a walk and two strikeouts.  Crotta allowed all four runs in the first four innings, then retired the next 12 batters in innings 5-8, getting ten ground ball outs.  Crotta had a very impressive 17:2 GO/AO ratio tonight.  Vinnie Chulk pitched a perfect inning in relief, with a strikeout.

Jose Tabata went 2-for-5 with two stolen bases, his 15th and 16th of the season.  Neil Walker went 1-for-5 with a double and a run.  Brian Myrow went 2-for-4 with an RBI.  Pedro Alvarez went 1-for-4 with a walk and a strikeout.  Luke Carlin continued his hot hitting, going 1-for-1 with two walks.

ALTOONA CURVE (AA)
Altoona beat Erie 9-7.  Tim Alderson made the start, allowing four runs on eight hits in 4.2 innings.  Alderson walked two and struck out six.  He was cruising through four innings, before allowing three runs in the fifth and going over his pitch count.  Dustin Molleken came on to pitch 2.1 innings, allowing one run on two hits, with no walks and three strikeouts to get the win.  Daniel Moskos got his seventh save of the season, pitching 1.1 perfect innings, with a strikeout.

Gorkys Hernandez went 3-for-4 with a double and two runs, plus his fifth stolen base of the season.  Josh Harrison led the offense, going 2-for-4 with two doubles and three RBIs.  Alex Presley went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI.  Jim Negrych went 2-for-3 with two runs and an RBI.

BRADENTON MARAUDERS (A+)
Bradenton beat Charlotte 7-5.  Nathan Adcock had his worst start of the season, allowing five runs on nine hits in 5.1 innings of work.  Adcock walked just one and struck out four, and got credit for the win. Diego Moreno pitched two perfect innings with two strikeouts.  Noah Krol picked up his seventh save of the season with a perfect inning in the ninth.

Jeremy Farrell had a big night at the plate, going 3-for-5 with two doubles and a home run, his fourth of the season.  Eric Fryer went 2-for-4 with a double and two runs.  Austin McClune went 2-for-4 with a double, a run, and an RBI.  Brock Holt went 2-for-4 with a double and a run.

WEST VIRGINIA POWER (A)
West Virginia beat Kannapolis 3-2.  Gabriel Alvarado pitched 4.2 innings, allowing two runs, both unearned, on five hits, with two walks and three strikeouts.  Jason Erickson got the win, pitching 1.1 shutout innings, allowing just one walk.  Duke Welker pitched two shutout innings, allowing two walks and striking out three.  Zach Foster pitched a shutout inning for the save, allowing one hit and striking out two.

Rogelios Noris homered for the third game in a row, going 1-for-4 on the night.  Jose Hernandez went 3-for-4 with three doubles.  Wes Freeman went 1-for-3 with a triple and two RBIs.  Aaron Baker went 1-for-3 with a double and a walk.

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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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