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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 5/9/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA)

Indianapolis beat Buffalo 5-4.  Jeremy Powell got the start, going six innings and allowing three runs, one earned, on ten hits, with a walk and two strikeouts.  Justin Thomas pitched a shutout inning, allowing a walk and a hit.  Wilfredo Ledezma also pitched a shutout inning in relief, with a walk and a strikeout.  Jean Machi got his fourth save of the year, with two strikeouts in an inning of work, but gave up a run on a solo homer.

Neil Walker went 2-for-4 with a double, his fifth homer of the year, and two RBIs.  Brian Myrow went 2-for-3 with a homer.  Erik Kratz went 3-for-4 with a triple and two RBIs.  Argenis Diaz also went 3-for-4.  Pedro Alvarez and Jose Tabata each went 0-for-4.

ALTOONA CURVE (AA)
Altoona lost 10-7 to Erie.  Rudy Owens had his worst start of the year, allowing five runs on six hits in five innings of work, with three walks and two homers allowed.  Owens did record nine strikeouts, giving him 20 in his last two starts, spanning 11 innings.  The bullpen didn’t provide much help.  Michael Dubee allowed two runs in two innings of work.  Ronald Uviedo did the same, with two runs in two innings.

Matt Hague went 2-for-4 with two runs and an RBI.  Kris Watts went 2-for-4 with two doubles, which were the only extra base hits of the game for Altoona.  Gorkys Hernandez went 1-for-4 with a walk, two runs, and an RBI.  Alex Presley went 1-for-4 with two RBIs.

BRADENTON MARAUDERS (A+)
Bradenton was off today.
WEST VIRGINIA POWER (A)
West Virginia lost 4-0 to Kannapolis.  Melkin Laureano went 5.2 innings, allowing three runs on six hits, with three walks and four strikeouts.  Marc Baca pitched 2.1 shutout innings in relief.  Ryan Kelly pitched one inning, allowing one run on a solo homer.

West Virginia only managed three hits.  Two of those came from Benjamin Gonzalez, who went 2-for-3.  Josue Peley went 1-for-3 to contribute the other hit.  Evan Chambers went 0-for-2 with the only two walks of the game.  Wes Freeman had an outfield assist, nailing a runner at third base from right field, but went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts.

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