Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 6/5/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA)

Indianapolis beat Columbus 7-2.  Daniel McCutchen went 5.1 innings, allowing two runs on five hits, with three walks and a strikeout.  Steven Jackson added 0.2 perfect innings.  Wilfredo Ledezma pitched a perfect inning with a strikeout.  Brian Bass and Anthony Claggett each pitched one shutout inning in relief to finish off the game.

Pedro Alvarez led the offense, going 3-for-3 with a double, three runs, and an RBI.  Brandon Jones went 2-for-4 with a double, a homer, and four RBIs.  Jonathan Van Every went 2-for-4.  Erik Kratz went 1-for-3 with a double, a run, and an RBI.

ALTOONA CURVE (AA)
Altoona lost 5-3 to New Hampshire.  Bryan Morris made a great start, allowing one run on two hits, with a walk and four strikeouts.  The lone run was allowed on a solo homer given up by Morris.  Jeff Sues gave up two runs on one hit, getting just one out.  Michael Dubee came on and allowed two of three inherited runners to score.  Dubee then allowed two runs to score in the eighth inning, putting Altoona in line for the loss.

Matt Hague went 2-for-3 with a double and a run for Altoona.  Alex Presley went 2-for-4 with two RBIs.  Chase d’Arnaud went 0-for-4 with a walk and an RBI, but struck out three times.  Gorkys Hernandez followed up his first homer of the year by going 0-for-4 with four strikeouts.  Altoona was facing Toronto’s top pitching prospect Kyle Drabek, who allowed three runs on three hits in five innings, with five walks and eight strikeouts.  All things considered, not bad of an outing against a top 100 prospect, although most of the production came from Hague and Presley.

BRADENTON MARAUDERS (A+)
Bradenton beat Brevard County 4-3.  Hunter Strickland pitched four innings, allowing three runs on four hits, with three walks and two strikeouts.  Casey Erickson pitched 2.2 shutout innings, allowing two hits, no walks, and striking out three.  Tom Boleska pitched 0.2 innings, allowing a walk and a hit.  Noah Krol pitched 1.2 perfect innings for the save.

Eric Fryer went 3-for-3 with two doubles, a run, and an RBI.  Robbie Grossman went 1-for-4 with a double, a run, and two RBIs, but struck out three times.  Erik Huber went 1-for-4 with a double and a run.  Brock Holt walked in his only plate appearance, then left the game, replaced by Fryer.  Adenson Chourio also left the game early.  Both players were replaced after a single to shortstop in the first.

WEST VIRGINIA POWER (A)
West Virginia beat Asheville 11-2.  Jason Erickson had a nice start, pitching six shutout innings, and allowing four hits, no walks, and striking out eight.  Erickson now has a 2.89 ERA on the season, although heading in to tonight he had been much better in relief than as a starter.  Gabriel Alvarado went three innings, allowing two runs on four hits, with a walk and a strikeout.

Jarek Cunningham and Evan Chambers led the offense.  Chambers went 1-for-4 with a homer, two runs, and three RBIs.  Cunningham went 2-for-5 with a homer and four RBIs.  Ramon Cabrera went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and two stolen bases.  Jesus Brito went 1-for-4 with a triple, two runs, and two RBIs.  Benjamin Gonzalez went 2-for-3 with two runs and a stolen base.

VSL PI

RATES (RK)

The VSL Pirates lost to the VSL Rays 11-2.  Francisco Vilchez pitched 3.1 innings, allowing three runs, two earned, on three hits, with two walks and two strikeouts.  Jovany Lopez gave up two runs on three hits, getting just two outs.  Richard Montilla pitched 2.1 innings, allowing two runs on two hits, with three walks and two strikeouts.  Oscar Calderin allowed four runs in two innings of work.

Carlos Esqueda went 1-for-3 with a double.  Jose Roman went 1-for-4 with an RBI.  Luis Cardona went 1-for-3 with a walk.  Carlos Marquez went 1-for-3 with a double and a walk.  Manuel Moreno went 0-for-2 with two walks in his debut for the Pirates.

DSL PIRATES (RK)
The DSL Pirates beat the DSL Rays 8-4.  Martires Cadet pitched three innings, allowing one run on two hits, with a walk and four strikeouts.  Jonathan Herrand pitched two innings, allowing three runs, two earned, on two hits, with four walks and two strikeouts.  Ricky Perez went three shutout innings, allowing one hit, one walk, and striking out two.  Luis Valdez pitched a shutout inning, allowing two hits.

Diego Goris went 2-for-5 with a double, a homer, and two RBIs.  Jesus Vasquez went 3-for-5 with two double, an RBI, and two runs, plus a stolen base.  Alen Hanson went 1-for-4 with a triple and two RBIs.  Samuel Gonzalez went 1-for-4 with an RBI.  Yeffrey Jaquez went 1-for-3 with an RBI.

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