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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 7/10/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA)

Indianapolis beat Toledo 3-1.  Michael Crotta pitched six innings, allowing one run on five hits, with two walks and four strikeouts.  Wilfredo Ledezma pitched a shutout inning, allowing a walk and striking out three.  Jean Machi pitched two perfect innings with four strikeouts.

Alex Presley went 3-for-4 with a double, a stolen base, and a run.  Jonathan Van Every went 1-for-3 with a homer and three RBIs, with his three run homer coming in the top of the ninth inning.  Argenis Diaz went 3-for-3 with a double and a stolen base.

ALTOONA CURVE (AA)
Altoona beat Richmond 2-1.  Zach Duke made a rehab start, allowing one run on two hits, with a walk and no strikeouts.  According to Rob Biertempfel, Duke will likely make his next start on Friday, which is the first game after the All-Star break.  Tony Watson pitched three shutout innings, allowing just one walk.  Anthony Claggett pitched a shutout inning, allowing two hits and striking out two.  Ramon Aguero closed things out with a perfect inning.

Matt Hague went 2-for-3 with a double, a homer, and two RBIs.  Hague’s homer came in the first inning with two outs.  Anthony Norman went 1-for-4 with a run scored.  Jordy Mercer went 1-for-3.

BRADENTON MARAUDERS (A+)
Bradenton beat Palm Beach 7-3.  Jeff Locke pitched five innings, allowing three runs on five hits, with a walk and two strikeouts.  Matt McSwain pitched two perfect innings, with a strikeout.  Mike Colla and Noah Krol each pitched a perfect inning in relief to close things out.

James Skelton went 2-for-4 with a double, a homer, and three RBIs.  Quincy Latimore went 1-for-5 with two RBIs.  Adam Davis went 2-for-4 with a double, a run, and an RBI.  Jordan Newton went 2-for-3 with two runs and a walk.

WEST VIRGINIA POWER (A)
West Virginia beat Lexington 6-5.  Jason Erickson pitched 6.2 innings, allowing five runs on six hits, with a walk and five strikeouts.  Maurice Bankston pitched 1.1 innings, allowing one inherited runner to score, and blowing the lead for Erickson.  Bankston ended up getting the win thanks to some Power offense in the eighth inning.  Marc Baca pitched a perfect ninth inning with two strikeouts for the save.

Benjamin Gonzalez went 2-for-4 with a double, a run, and an RBI.  Ramon Cabrera went 1-for-4 with a double and an RBI.  Jarek Cunningham went 1-for-5 with a run, an RBI, and a stolen base.  Aaron Baker went 2-for-2 with two walks, a run, and an RBI.  Rogelios Noris made his return tonight, going 1-for-3 with a run, a walk, and a stolen base.

STATE COLLEGE SPIKES (A, Short Season)
State College lost to Brooklyn 9-3.  Zack Dodson pitched three innings, allowing four runs, three earned, on six hits, with two walks and a strikeout.  Ryan Beckman pitched three innings, allowing three runs on five hits, with no walks and one strikeout.  

Brooks Pounders pitched two innings, allowing two runs on two hits, with no walks and two strikeouts.  Both runs came on solo homers.  After allowing six stolen bases in six tries in his last outing, Pounders didn’t have a single batter try to steal on him this time around.

Matt Curry went 1-for-3 with a double and two RBIs.  Walker Gourley went 2-for-4 with a stolen base and a run scored.  Gift Ngoepe went 2-for-3 with a walk and a run.

GCL Pirates (RK, Short Season)
The GCL Pirates beat the GCL Tigers 5-4 in 10 innings.  Emmanuel De Leon got the start, but only got one out, allowing three runs on three hits and two walks, before being pulled in the first inning.  Yeyber Sanchez pitched 1.2 innings, allowing an unearned run on two walks, with one strikeout.  Jarryd Sullivan pitched three shutout innings, allowing three hits and striking out one.  Joan Montero pitched two perfect innings with three strikeouts.  Yerfi Taveras pitched three shutout innings, with two hits, a walk, and two strikeouts.

Brian Friday made his second rehab start at the GCL level, going 3-for-5 with a double, a homer, and two RBIs.  Junior Sosa went 2-for-3 with a run and a stolen base.  Eric Avila went 1-for-5 with a run scored.  Jorge Bishop went 1-for-5 with a double and two RBIs.

VSL PIRATES (RK)
The VSL Pirates lost both games of a double header against the VSL Rays.  The Pirates lost game one by a score of 5-4 in 13 innings.  Orlando Castro pitched five innings, allowing one run on five hits, with a walk and a strikeout.  The run was only the third Castro allowed in 36 innings of work this year.  David Pino went 2-for-5 with a double, a triple, two runs, and an RBI.  Ashley Ponce went 1-for-5 with a walk, a run, and two stolen bases.  Manuel Moreno went 2-for-5 with a double and a walk.  Luis Cardona went 2-for-6 with an RBI.

The Pirates lost game two by a score of 2-1 in nine innings.  Francisco Vilchez pitched seven innings, allowing a run on three hits, with a walk and four strikeouts.  Carlos Esqueda went 3-for-4.  Francisco Aponte went 1-for-3 with a double and a run scored.  David Pino went 1-for-4 with a double and an RBI.

DSL PIRATES (RK)
The DSL results weren’t uploaded at the time of this writing.
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