Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 6/26/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA)

Indianapolis beat Toledo 6-4.  Jeremy Powell pitched five innings, allowing two runs on six hits, with no walks and three strikeouts.  Anthony Claggett allowed two runs on three hits.  Daniel Moskos got one out on a strikeout, and allowed a hit and an inherited runner to score in his AAA debut.  Vinnie Chulk pitched a shutout inning, allowing two hits and striking out two.  Wilfredo Ledezma pitched 1.1 perfect innings with a strikeout for the save.

Brandon Moss went 1-for-3 with a homer and two RBIs.  Moss has been on fire the last few days, going 8-for-16 in his last four games, with three homers.  Jim Negrych went 1-for-3 with a solo homer, his third at the AAA level.  Negrych has been a nice surprise so far in AAA, hitting for a .408/.453/.592 line in 49 at-bats heading in to tonight’s game.  Brian Myrow went 2-for-3 with a double and a run scored.

ALTOONA CURVE (AA)
Altoona lost to Bowie 5-3.  Tim Alderson had a bad start, allowing four runs on five hits in 1.2 innings, with one walk and two strikeouts.  Dustin Molleken pitched 4.1 shutout innings, allowing three hits, one walk, and striking out four.  Tony Watson pitched three innings, allowing one run on three hits, with a walk and three strikeouts.

Chase d’Arnaud went 2-for-4 with two doubles and a run scored.  Josh Harrison went 2-for-4 with a stolen base and an RBI.  Matt Hague went 2-for-3 with two walks and an RBI.  Shelby Ford went 2-for-4 with a walk.  Anthony Norman went 2-for-4 with a walk and a run scored.

BRADENTON MARAUDERS (A+)
Bradenton lost 4-3 to Jupiter.  Brian Leach pitched six innings, allowing three runs on five hits, with two walks and five strikeouts.  Mike Colla pitched two shutout innings, allowing one hit, one walk, and striking out two.  Noah Krol got the loss, allowing an unearned run, on a fielding error by Greg Picart in the bottom of the 9th.

Robbie Grossman went 2-for-4 with a triple and a run scored.  Eric Fryer went 2-for-4 with a stolen base and an RBI.  Adam Davis went 2-for-4 with a triple and two RBIs.  Austin McClune went 2-for-4 with a run scored.

WEST VIRGINIA POWER (A)
West Virginia lost 3-2 to Greensboro.  Nathan Baker pitched five innings, allowing three runs, two earned, on five hits, with two walks and four strikeouts.  Mike Williams pitched two shutout innings, allowing one hit, no walks, and striking out two.  Duke Welker pitched a shutout inning, allowing one hit and striking out one.

David Rubinstein went 2-for-2 with two walks, a double, and an RBI.  Jesus Brito went 1-for-4 with a double and a run scored.  Benjamin Gonzalez went 2-for-4.  Evan Chambers went 1-for-5 with a run scored.

STATE COLLEGE SPIKES (A, Short Season)
State College beat Batavia 9-8.  Kevin Decker pitched four innings, allowing three runs on six hits, with two walks and a strikeout.  Jus

tin Ennis allowed five runs, three earned, on seven hits in 1.1 innings of work, but got the win.  Eliecer Navarro had a nice outing, pitching the final 3.2 innings, allowing no runs on one hit, with no walks and six strikeouts.

Chase Lyles went 2-for-5 with his first professional homer, and three RBIs.  Adalberto Santos also hit his first homer, going 3-for-5 on the night.  Walker Gourley went 2-for-5 with two RBIs.  Gift Ngoepe went 2-for-3 with a walk, two runs, and two stolen bases.

GCL Pirates (RK, Short Season)
The GCL Pirates lost to the GCL Braves 5-2 in 10 innings.  Brett Lorin made a rehab start, pitching three innings with one unearned run allowed, no hits allowed, three walks and five strikeouts.  Dovydas Neverauskas pitched three shutout innings, allowing four hits, one walk, and striking out two.  Yerfi Taveras pitched two shutout innings, allowing a walk and a hit in his debut in the United States.  Taveras started the season in the Dominican Summer League, and was just promoted to the GCL.  Yomar Pacheco got the loss, allowing four runs on four hits in two innings.

Jorge Bishop went 2-for-5 with a triple and two runs scored.  Eric Avila went 1-for-4 with a double.  Gregory Polanco went 1-for-4 with an RBI.

VSL PIRATES (RK)
The VSL Pirates won both games of a double header against the VSL Rays.  The Pirates won game one by a score of 5-3.  Luis Campos led the way, pitching five innings, allowing two runs, one earned, on two hits, with no walks and three strikeouts.  Luis Cardona went 1-for-3 with a homer and two RBIs, plus a walk and two runs scored.  Kelly Aponte went 1-for-4 with two RBIs.  Francisco Aponte went 1-for-3 with a walk, a run, and an RBI, plus two stolen bases.  Luis Sucre went 2-for-3.

The Pirates won game two 4-1.  Ericdavis Marquez pitched five innings, allowing an unearned run on three hits, with a walk and three strikeouts.  Luis Figuera pitched the final two innings, allowing no runs on two hits and a walk, with four strikeouts. Luis Cardona had another 1-for-3 performance, with another homer and a stolen base.  Jose Ozuna went 1-for-3 with a homer of his own.  Ashley Ponce went 2-for-4 with a stolen base.

DSL PIRATES (RK)
The DSL Pirates results were not posted.
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