Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 6/18/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA)

Indianapolis lost 6-4 to Buffalo.  Brian Burres pitched four innings, allowing five runs on five hits, with three walks and three strikeouts.  Jeremy Powell and Brian Bass each pitched a perfect inning in relief.  Steven Jackson pitched a shutout inning, allowing one hit and striking out one.  Vinnie Chulk allowed one run on two hits in one inning.

Erik Kratz went 1-for-3 with a homer and two RBIs.  Jonathan Van Every went 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored.  Jim Negrych went 2-for-4.  Kevin Melillo went 0-for-3 with two walks, an RBI, and a stolen base.

ALTOONA CURVE (AA)
Altoona beat Richmond 7-2.  Jared Hughes pitched seven innings, allowing an unearned run on six hits, with a walk and six strikeouts.  Michael Dubee pitched a shutout inning, allowing one hit.  Jimmy Barthmaier pitched an inning, allowing one run on two hits.

Jordy Mercer went 3-for-5 with three RBIs.  Alex Presley went 2-for-3 with two runs and two walks.  Miles Durham went 2-for-5 with a double and a run scored.  Chase d’Arnaud went 1-for-4 with a walk and an RBI.

BRADENTON MARAUDERS (A+)
Bradenton beat Jupiter 4-2.  Jeff Locke had a great start, pitching six shutout innings, allowing two hits, no walks, and striking out seven.  Mike Colla allowed two runs in two innings of work.  Noah Krol pitched a perfect inning with two strikeouts for the save.

Quincy Latimore went 1-for-4 with a homer and two RBIs.  Tony Sanchez went 1-for-4 with a double, a run, and an RBI.  Steve Pearce went 2-for-4 with a double, a run, and an RBI in a rehab appearance.  Greg Picart went 2-for-3 with a walk and a stolen base, his 12th of the year.

WEST VIRGINIA POWER (A)
West Virginia lost to Hagerstown 13-3.  Phillip Irwin went three innings, allowing four runs on eight hits.  Gabriel Alvarado got one out in the fourth inning, but allowed three runs.  Maurice Bankston allowed four runs on seven hits in 3.2 innings.  Zach Foster allowed two runs, one earned, on five hits in two innings of work.

Kyle Morgan went 2-for-4 with two doubles and a run scored.  Jarek Cunningham went 1-for-2 with a double, a run, and an RBI.  David Rubinstein went 2-for-4 with an RBI.  Benjamin Gonzalez went 1-for-3 with a double and an RBI.

STATE COLLEGE SPIKES (A, Short Season)
State College lost 5-3 to Williamsport.  Zach Von Rosenberg allowed four runs on seven hits in four innings of work, with a walk and two strikeouts.  ZVR saw most of the damage in the fourth inning, allowing three runs.  Ryan Beckman pitched a shutout inning.  Eliecer Navarro pitched two innings, allowing a run on four hits, with a walk and three strikeouts.  Justin Ennis made his debut, pitching a perfect inning with a strikeout.

Walker Gourley went 1-for-3 with a double and a run scored.  Gift Ngoepe went 1-for-3 with a walk, a run, an RBI, and two stolen bases.  Justin Bencsko went 1-for-4 with a triple, an RBI, and a stolen base. Kelson Brown went 1-for-3 with a walk and a run.  Chase Lyles went 1-for-4 with an RBI.

VSL PIRATES (RK)
The VSL Pirates beat the VSL Tigers 10-5.  Roberto Espinoza pitched four innings, allowing three runs on eight hits.  Jose Marrujo pitched two innings, allowing a run on four hits.  Luis Figuera pitched two perfect innings with two srikeouts.  Richard Montilla pitched an inning, allowing one run on one hit, with two walks and a strikeout.

Jose Ozuna went 4-for-5 with a double and a homer, his second of the year.  Jose Ortiz went 3-for-4 with a double and a walk.  Carlos Esqueda went 3-for-5 with two doubles and an RBI.  Jordan Galvez went 4-for-5 with a run and three RBIs.  Francisco Aponte went 2-for-5 with a run and two RBIs.

DSL PIRATES (RK)
The DSL Pirates lost to the DSL Mets 12-1.  Profirio Lopez pitched four shutout innings, allowing four hits and striking out four.  Miguel Ferreras pitched one inning, allowing four runs, three earned.  Yerfi Taveras allowed five runs, getting only one out.  Darling Aldwey allowed three more runs in 2.2 innings.

Jodaneli Carvajal went 1-for-4 with a walk and a run, plus his sixth stolen base of the season.  Alen Hanson went 1-for-4 with two strikeouts.  Raul Fortunato went 1-for-4.  Samuel Gonzalez went 1-for-3 with a walk.  Robertson Valdez went 1-for-4.

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