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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 6/16/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA)

Indianapolis was off today.
ALTOONA CURVE (AA)
Altoona beat Trenton 8-4.  Rudy Owens pitched 5.2 innings, allowing three runs on three hits, with three walks and four strikeouts.  Derek Hankins pitched 3.1 innings, allowing a run on three hits, with a walk and a strikeout.  Hankins also allowed all three inherited runners to score in the sixth inning.  Owens pitched five shutout innings, allowing two hits, one walk, and striking out four, before running in to trouble in the sixth inning.

Matt Hague went 2-for-4 with two walks and two RBIs.  Gorkys Hernandez went 2-for-4 with a double, two runs, two walks, a stolen base and an RBI.  Josh Harrison went 1-for-4 with a walk and three runs.  Jordy Mercer went 1-for-3 with a double, a walk, and an RBI.  Alex Presley went 1-for-4 with a run and two RBIs.

BRADENTON MARAUDERS (A+)
Bradenton lost to St. Lucie 6-0.  Casey Erickson pitched four innings, allowing four runs, three earned, on four hits, with four walks and six strikeouts.  Tom Boleska pitched two innings, allowing two runs, one earned, on three hits, with no walks and three strikeouts.  Melkin Laureano pitched two shutout innings, allowing no hits, two walks, and striking out two.

Tony Sanchez went 1-for-2 with a walk and a stolen base.  Adenson Chourio went 1-for-3.  Those were the only two players to record hits for Bradenton tonight.

WEST VIRGINIA POWER (A)
West Virginia beat Hickory 5-3.  Kyle McPherson pitched seven innings, allowing three runs, two earned, on four hits, with a walk and nine strikeouts.  McPherson has posted a 3.42 ERA in his last ten starts with a 63:10 K/BB ratio in 55.1 innings.  Ryan Kelly and Duke Welker each pitched a perfect inning in relief, with Welker striking out two batters.

Kyle Morgan went 2-for-4 with two homers, both solo shots.  Jose Hernandez went 1-for-4 with a solo homer.  David Rubinstein went 2-for-4 with a double, a run, and an RBI.  Jarek Cunningham went 1-for-3 with a walk, a stolen base, and an RBI.  Benjamin Gonzalez went 2-for-4 with a stolen base and a run.

VSL PIRATES (RK)
The VSL Pirates beat the VSL Reds 6-5.  Rafael Rodriguez pitched four innings, allowing two runs, one earned, on four hits, with a walk and three strikeouts.  Jesus Barraza pitched three shutout innings, allowing just one hit.  Jovany Lopez allowed two runs in an inning of work.  Raul Ruiz allowed one run on two hits in one inning.

Manuel Moreno went 2-for-4 with two triples and two runs scored.  Jose Ozuna went 2-for-4 with a run scored.  Francisco Aponte went 3-for-4 with a run and two RBIs.  Ashley Ponce went 1-for-3 with two walks and two stolen bases.

DSL PIRATES (RK)
The DSL Pirates beat the DSL Astros 3-1 in 11 innings.  Martires Cadet pitched four shutout innings, allowing three hits, two walks, and striking out four.  Brayan Almonte added three perfect innings, with two strikeouts.  Aneudy Merejo pitched four innings, allowing one unearned run on three hits, with two walks and a strikeout.

Jodaneli Carvajal went 1-for-3 with his first homer of the season, a solo shot to lead off the 11th inning.  Jesus Vasquez went 2-for-5 with two doubles and an RBI.  Samuel Gonzalez went 2-for-4 with a triple and a run scored.  Alen Hanson went 1-for-4 with a walk and a double.

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