Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 6/3/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA)

Indianapolis beat Gwinnett 4-0.  Brad Lincoln pitched six shutout innings, with four hits, one walk, and six strikeouts.  Lincoln threw 81 pitches, with 52 going for strikes.  Lincoln hasn’t allowed a run in his last two starts, and has just three walks allowed in his last five starts, with 30 strikeouts in that span, over 34 innings of work.  Wilfredo Ledezma pitched two shutout innings, allowing one hit, one walk, and striking out five.  Jean Machi pitched a shutout inning, allowing a hit and a walk, and striking out two.

Jose Tabata went 2-for-4 with a double and a triple, and two runs scored.  Brian Myrow went 3-for-5 with a run and an RBI.  Erik Kratz went 1-for-3 with a double.  Brian Friday went 2-for-4 with a double.  Pedro Alvarez went 1-for-5 with a triple, an RBI, and a strikeout.  Speaking of Alvarez, he went 0-for-4 with four strikeouts yesterday.  I didn’t mean to leave that out of the prospect watch.  Honestly I didn’t even notice it, as I rushed through the prospect watch last night.

ALTOONA CURVE (AA)
Altoona beat New Britain 5-4 in 10 innings.  Tim Alderson had another nice start, going six innings, and allowing one run on five hits, with two walks and a strikeout.  Alderson has allowed just two runs in his last three starts, spanning 19 innings, with an 11:5 K/BB ratio.  The strikeouts need improvement, but he’s looking much better.  Jimmy Barthmaier allowed a run on two hits and a walk in a rehab appearance, getting only one out.  Tony Watson pitched 2.2 shutout innings, allowing one hit, no walks, and striking out two.  Daniel Moskos allowed two hits, and two unearned runs, but got the save.

Alex Presley went 2-for-4 with a homer and two RBIs.  Presley hit his homer, a solo shot, in the 10th inning.  Josh Harrison went 1-for-5 with three RBIs.  Chase d’Arnaud went 2-for-5 with a double and two runs.  Gorkys Hernandez went 2-for-5 with a run scored.

BRADENTON MARAUDERS (A+)
Bradenton beat Lakeland 6-5.  Nathan Adcock had a rough start, allowing four runs on four hits in five innings, with two walks, four strikeouts, and a home run allowed.  Adcock has given up more than one earned run in just four of his 11 starts this season.  Three of those starts have been at home.  Mike Colla pitched two shutout innings, allowing one hit, and striking out two.  Ramon Aguero pitched one inning, allowing one run on a walk and a hit, with two strikeouts.  Noah Krol got the win with a perfect inning.

Quincy Latimore went 3-for-5 with two RBIs.  Jeremy Farrell went 2-for-5 with a homer, his eighth of the season.  Brock Holt went 2-for-5.  Eric Fryer went 1-for-3 with his sixth homer of the season.  James Skelton went 3-for-3 with a double and two runs scored.  Tony Sanchez was hit in the head with a pitch, but did not go to the hospital, and the injury was not seen as serious, according to Dejan Kovacevic.

WEST VIRGINIA POWER (A)
West Virginia lost 3-2 to Lexington.  Nathan Baker pitched five innings, allowing one run on seven hits, with a walk and four strikeouts.  Ryan Kelly allowed two runs on four hits in three innings, with a walk and a strikeout.

Evan Chambers went 1-for-3 with a solo homer, his fourth of the season, and a walk.  Jarek Cunningham went 1-for-4 with
a run scored.  Ramon Cabrera went 1-for-4 with an RBI.  Jesus Brito went 1-for-3 with two strikeouts.

VSL PIRATES (RK)
The VSL Pirates lost to the VSL Phillies 6-5.  Roberto Espinoza allowed two runs, one earned, on two hits in three innings, with a walk and no strikeouts.  Jesus Barraza pitched three shutout innings, allowing one hit, no walks, and striking out two.  Barraza, 19, has yet to allow a run in 6.1 innings this year, with three hits, no walks, and three strikeouts.  Remberto Romo allowed a run on four hits in two innings.  Luis figuera allowed three unearned runs to get the loss.

Francisco Aponte went 1-for-4 with two RBIs.  Carlos Esqueda went 2-for-5 with a run scored.  Kelly Aponte went 1-for-4 with a double, but struck out three times.  Jose Ozuna went 1-for-5 with a double, a run, and an RBI.

DSL PIRATES (RK)
The DSL Pirates were postponed today.
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