Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 7/2/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA)

Indianapolis lost 4-3 to Columbus.  Hayden Penn pitched 7.1 innings, allowing four runs on six hits, with two walks and four strikeouts.  Wilfredo Ledezma allowed two inherited runners to score, picking up a blown save.  Jean Machi pitched a shutout inning, allowing a walk and striking out one.

Akinori Iwamura went 2-for-3 with a double, a triple, and two RBIs.  Kevin Melillo went 2-for-5 with a run scored and a stolen base.  Jonathan Van Every went 1-for-3 with two runs scored.

ALTOONA CURVE (AA)
Altoona beat Reading 3-2.  Rudy Owens pitched six innings, allowing one run on five hits, with two walks and eight strikeouts.  Michael Dubee added two shutout innings, with two hits, no walks and three strikeouts.  Ramon Aguero pitched an inning, allowing one run on two hits, with one strikeout.

Hector Gimenez went 3-for-4 with a double, a homer, and two RBIs.  Miles Durham went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI.  Matt Hague went 1-for-4 with a double and a run scored.  Shelby Ford went 2-for-5 with a double.

BRADENTON MARAUDERS (A+)
Bradenton lost 3-1 to Charlotte.  Brian Leach pitched five innings, allowing three runs on five hits, with three walks and three strikeouts.  Tom Boleska pitched two perfect innings, striking out one.  Duke Welker pitched a shutout inning, allowing no hits, but walking one.

James Skelton went 1-for-3 with a walk.  Robbie Grossman went 1-for-4 with two strikeouts.  Greg Picart went 1-for-3 with a walk and a stolen base.

WEST VIRGINIA POWER (A)
West Virginia beat Delmarva 5-1.  Phillip Irwin made a nice start, pitching seven shutout innings, allowing four hits, one walk, and striking out seven.  Eliecer Navarro closed out the game, allowing one run on two hits in two innings of work, with a walk and three strikeouts in his West Virginia debut.

Jose Hernandez went 4-for-4 with a homer and two runs scored.  Jesus Brito went 1-for-4 with a homer and three RBIs.  David Rubinstein went 1-for-3 with a triple, a run, and an RBI.  Jarek Cunningham went 2-for-4 with two doubles and a run.  Evan Chambers went 2-for-4.

STATE COLLEGE SPIKES (A, Short Season)
State College beat Williamsport 5-4.  Tyler Waldron pitched five innings, allowing two runs, one earned, on six hits, with no walks and three strikeouts.  Trent Stevenson pitched three innings, allowing two runs, on earned, on four hits, with no walks and two strikeouts.  Justin Ennis pitched a shutout inning, allowing no hits, one walk, and striking out two.

Gift Ngoepe went 3-for-4 with a homer, two runs, and two RBIs.  Ngoepe scored the winning run in the bottom of the ninth on a wild pitch.  Gerlis Rodriguez went 1-for-3 with a homer and two RBIs.  Matt Skirving went 2-for-4 with a run scored.  Kyle Saukko went 2-for-4 with a run scored.

GCL Pirates (RK, Short Season)
The GCL Pirates beat the GCL Yankees 5-0.  Brett Lorin made a rehab appearance, pitching two perfect innings with one strikeout.  Quinton Miller started his rehab work, also pitching two perfect innings with a strikeout.  Barrett Phillips pitched three shutout innings, allowing a walk and striking out four.  Rinku Singh gave up the no-hitter, allowing two hits in two innings, but maintained the shutout.

Exicardo Cayonez went 2-for-3 with a double, two runs, and an RBI.  Elias Diaz went 1-for-4 with a double, a run, and an RBI.  Luis Solano went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI.  Jorge Bishop went 1-for-3 with two walks and a stolen base.

VSL PIRATES (RK)
The VSL Pirates beat the VSL Tigers 4-1.  Luis Campos pitched five innings, allowing one run on four hits, with a walk and two strikeouts.  Jovany Lopez pitched three shutout innings, allowing four hits and striking out three.  Raul Ruiz pitched a shutout inning, allowing a walk and striking out one.

David Pino went 4-for-5 with all four RBIs.  Kelly Aponte went 2-for-3 with a double, a run, and two walks.  Ashley Ponce went 2-for-4 with a double, a run, and a stolen base.  

DSL PIRATES (RK)
The DSL Pirates lost 4-1 to the DSL Rays.  Arquimedes Lorenzo pitched four shutout innings, allowing two hits, one walk, and striking out one.  Yoan Gonzalez pitched 2.1 innings, allowing three runs, one earned, on two hits, with two walks and two strikeouts.  Aneudy Merejo pitched 0.2 innings, allowing one run on two hits.

Leandro Mejia went 1-for-3 with a double.  Willy Garcia went 1-for-3 with a stolen base.  Jesus Vasquez went 1-for-2 with a walk and an RBI.  Alen Hanson went 1-for-4.  Jodaneli Carvajal went 1-for-3 with a walk and a run.

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Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with AccuScore.com, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.

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