Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 7/28/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA)

Brandon Moss

GAME STORY

Indianapolis beat Syracuse 7-5.  Michael Crotta pitched 7.2 innings, allowing four runs, three earned, on six hits, with a walk and six strikeouts.  Derek Hankins made his AAA debut, allowing a run on one hit, a solo homer, before getting the final out in the eighth.  Hankins allowed the only inherited runner on base to score on the homer, blowing the save, but got the win thanks to two runs from the Indianapolis offense in the top of the ninth.  Jean Machi pitched a shutout inning, allowing a walk and striking out two to get the save.

Brandon Moss went 2-for-5 with a grand slam, his 17th home run of the season, and his 12 homer since the start of June.  Alex Presley went 2-for-4 with two runs, a stolen base, and two RBIs.  Jeff Clement went 3-for-4 with an RBI.  Luke Carlin went 0-for-2 with two walks and a run, starting his ninth game in a row at catcher.  Akinori Iwamura left the game in the first inning after a collision at first base, and had to be taken to the hospital.

ALTOONA CURVE (AA)

Justin Wilson

Altoona beat Erie 6-3.  Justin Wilson pitched six innings, allowing three runs, one earned, on six hits, with two walks and four strikeouts.  Tom Boleska pitched three shutout innings, allowing no hits, one walk, and striking out three.

Matt Hague went 2-for-5 with a homer, his 12th of the season, a double, and two runs scored.  Chase d’Arnaud went 3-for-4 with a double, a walk, a run, and two stolen bases, giving him 20 on the year.  Miles Durham went 1-for-4 with a homer and three RBIs.  Hector Gimenez went 1-for-3 with a stolen base, two walks, and two runs.  Jordy Mercer and Anthony Norman collided on a pop-up to left field in the second inning.  Mercer and Norman both left the game on the play.

BRADENTON MARAUDERS (A+)

Nathan Baker

Bradenton lost to Lakeland 7-6.  Nathan Baker pitched 5.1 innings, allowing an unearned run on five hits, with two walks and five strikeouts.  Duke Welker pitched 1.1 innings, allowing two runs on two hits, with a walk and a strikeout.  Tyler Cox had a rough appearance, allowing three runs, two earned, on two walks and a hit, with the hit being a homer.  Cox failed to record an out.  Matt McSwain pitched a shutout inning, allowing a walk and a hit, and striking out one.

Calvin Anderson went 1-for-4 with a homer and two RBIs.  Shelby Ford went 2-for-5 with a homer and three RBIs.  Jordan Newton went 2-for-4 with a run scored.  Robbie Grossman went 1-for-4 with a stolen base.

WEST VIRGINIA POWER (A)

Evan Chambers

West Virginia beat Lakewood 5-4 in 11 innings.  Melkin Laureano pitched 5.1 innings, allowing four runs on eight hits, with no walks, three strikeouts, and two homers.  Gabriel Alvarado pitched 3.2 shutout innings, allowing just one hit.  Ryan Kelly pitched two shutout innings, allowing  walk and a hit, and striking out one.

Evan Chambers went 4-for-6 with a double, a run, and three stolen bases.  Jarek Cunningham went 1-for-5 with a homer, three RBIs, and a stolen base.  David Rubinstein went 1-for-4 with a walk, a run, and a stolen base.

STATE COLLEGE SPIKES (A, Short Season)

Colton Cain

GAME STORY

State College lost to Williamsport 9-5 after Williamsport scored eight runs in the final two innings.  Colton Cain pitched three innings, allowing a run on two hits, with a walk and three strikeouts.  Kevin Decker pitched 4.1 innings, allowing four runs on four hits, with a walk and a strikeout.  Trent Stevenson pitched 1.2 innings, allowing four runs, two earned, on three hits, with two walks and a strikeout.

Pat Irvine went 3-for-4 with a double, a triple, an RBI, and a run scored.  Cole White went 3-for-4 with a double, a stolen base, two runs, and two RBIs.  Mel Rojas Jr. went 1-for-2 with two walks, two steals, and an RBI.  Gift Ngoepe went 1-for-5 with a triple and an RBI.  Matt Curry went 1-for-3 with a walk and a run.

GCL Pirates (RK, Short Season)

The GCL Pirates lost to the GCL Phillies 2-1.  Cliff Archibald pitched 4.2 innings, allowing two runs on four hits, with a walk and a strikeout, plus two homers.  Yeyber Sanchez pitched 2.1 shutout innings, allowing two hits, two walks, and striking out two.  Rinku Singh pitched a shutout inning, allowing a hit and striking out two.  Yomar Pacheco pitched a shutout inning, allowing a walk and a hit, and striking out one.

Jorge Bishop went 3-for-4 with a double, a stolen base, and an RBI.  Starling Marte went 2-for-4 with a double and a walk in a rehab appearance.  Wes Freeman went 1-for-4 with a double, a walk, and two strikeouts.  Exicardo Cayonez went 1-for-3 with a run scored.

VSL PIRATES (RK)

The VSL Pirates were postponed.

DSL PIRATES (RK)

The DSL Pirates results were not uploaded at the time of this writing.

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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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