Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 4/25/11

DAILY SUMMARY Top Pitcher: Brett Lorin (6.0 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR) Top Hitter: Jeremy Farrell (3-for-4, 2B, HR, BB, 2 RBI) Home Runs: Alex Presley (2), Jeremy Farrell (2) INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA) Game One Box Score Game Two Box Score Result: Columbus 6, Indianapolis 1; Columbus 6, Indianapolis 5 Starting Pitcher: Sean Gallagher (3.2 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 5 BB, 3 K, 0 HR); Garrett Olson (2.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K,...

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Game 22 Recap: Pirates put good Wood to Nationals

The Pirates fell behind early before catching up during contest interrupted some showers. Paul Maholm overall looked good. The Nationals came out swinging against Maholm. Ian Desmond singled and Jayson Werth doubled with one out in the first. Adam LaRoche damaged his old team with a two run single. The Pirates went up in the fourth inning, putting together a four run inning that was interrupted by a rain delay. Jose Tabata was on...

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Revisiting the Clayton Hamilton Story

In August 2007, an article by John Perrotto revealed the strange story of Pirates prospect Clayton Hamilton (it appears that Perrotto’s article has been since removed, so here is a link to Pat Lackey’s take on the issue). In 2006, Hamilton was diagnosed with an oblique injury. He spent time on the disabled list, rested over the offseason, attempted to return to the mound in 2008, and finally had some tests done in Bradenton. At that...

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Marauders Sweep Series; Locke Gets 10 K’s

The Marauders had an early game today, for the school kids.  The Curve and the Power play later:

Bradenton Marauders  8,  Palm Beach Cardinals  1
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The Marauders swept a series for the first time this season with today’s win over the Cardinals.  It was an early game following a late night, but the Marauders were awake and ready to go at 10 am, less than 12 hours after last night’s rain-delayed game.  For the second game in a row, every member of the line-up reached base at least once.  

Phillip Irwin made his first start after coming out of extended spring training.  He went 2 innings, and allowed a run in the 1st, as he had to work around an error in each inning.  The top of the 1st began with a walk, then a stolen base, and the runner moved up to third when C Carlos Paulino’s throw to second base went wild for an error.  That runner scored on the first of two singles, but Irwin closed down the inning with a strikeout and a ground out.  A fielding error by SS Benji Gonzalez put another runner on base in the 2nd, and after a stolen base and a walk, the Cardinals had runners on the corners.  Irwin got out of the jam with a fly out.  

The Marauders took the lead in the bottom of the 2nd inning without posting a hit.  LF David Rubinstein was hit by a pitch, then 1B Cole White walked.  Two wild pitches let Rubinstein score and put White on third base.  After a walk to 2B Kelson Brown, the third wild p itch of the inning let White come in to score.   A passed ball and two more walks, to CF Robbie Grossman and 3B Elevys Gonzalez, loaded the bases, but a fly out ended that inning without any further scoring.  The Marauders led 2-1.  

Brett Lorin took over for Irwin to begin the 3rd inning.  Lorin pitched 6 scoreless innings, scattering 6 hits and a walk, plus 4 strikeouts.  Palm Beach had 2 singles in the 4th, though the first runner was tagged out trying to reach third base on the second single.  The Cardinals also had 2 singles in the 6th, but Lorin was not worried by either of those threats.

The Marauders picked up some insurance runs in the 5th, with DH Aaron Baker having his second big-hitting game in a row.  Elevys Gonzalez walked and went to second on a wild pitch.  He scored on Baker’s RBI double into center field.  After a walk to Rubinstein, Paulino singled in Baker.  A wild throw by the Cardinals’ catcher on a pick-off throw allowed Rubinstein to score the third run of the inning, and the Marauders were up 5-1.  They added 2 more runs in the 6th.  Grossman lined a double into left field, and Elevys Gonzalez singled, moving Grossman to third.  Baker plated Grossman with a single into right field.  When the Cardinals’ right fielder went to catch Rubinstein’s fly ball and had his feet slip out from under him, that was ruled an error, and Gonzalez scored as well.  That gave the Marauders a 7-1 lead.  

The final run of the game came in the bottom of the 8th, when Grossman doubled into left field, Elevys Gonzalez singled, and RF Adalberto Santos brought in Grossman with a sacrifice fly.  Porfirio Lopez finished the game for Bradenton with a scoreless 9th inning, allowing just a single.  Lorin earned the win — his first win of the season.
 

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Trade Rumors: Chris Snyder, Josh Rodriguez

Two trade rumors from the weekend… -The Boston Red Sox have a hole at catcher.  Their starter, Jarrod Saltalamacchia, is currently off to a .186/.255/.233 start, with 17 stolen bases allowed in 23 attempts over 13 starts.  They have Jason Varitek, although Varitek is off to a worse start at the plate, and isn’t really a starting option behind the plate anymore.  Ken Rosenthal mentioned that if the poor start continues, the...

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