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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 4/10/11

DAILY SUMMARY

Top Pitcher: Zack Dodson (5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR)

Top Hitter: Matt Curry (3-for-3, 2B, HR, BB, 4 RBI)

Home Runs: Andy Marte (1), Dusty Brown (1), Starling Marte (1), Tony Sanchez (1), Jeremy Farrell (1), Calvin Anderson (1), Matt Curry (1)

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA)

Lincoln made a rehab start today in AAA.

Box Score

Result: Columbus 7, Indianapolis 5

Starting Pitcher: Brad Lincoln (4.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HR)

Top Hitter: Alex Presley (3-for-5, 2B, 2 RBI)

Notes: Brad Lincoln (0-1, 3.86) made a rehab start for the Indianapolis Indians, going 4.2 innings, while allowing two runs on two hits.  He threw 72 pitches, with 42 going for strikes.  Cesar Valdez (27.00) allowed five runs in 0.2 innings, putting Indianapolis down 7-4.  Daniel Moskos (0.00) pitched two shutout innings, allowing one hit, and striking out one.

Andy Marte (.182) went 1-for-4, with his only hit being a two-run homer in the fifth inning.  Dusty Brown (.300) went 2-for-4, with a solo homer in the ninth inning.  Alex Presley (.500) went 3-for-5 with a double and two RBIs.  Pedro Ciriaco (.133) went 2-for-4 with two stolen bases.

ALTOONA CURVE (AA)

Marte went 2-for-5 with his first homer of the year.

Box Score

Result: Altoona 10, Erie 7

Starting Pitcher: Jared Hughes (4.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR)

Top Hitter: Starling Marte (2-for-5, 2B, HR, 2 RBI)

Notes: Altoona got a lot of power from their offense today, leading them to a 10-7 win over Erie.  Starling Marte (.375) went 2-for-5 with a double and a solo home run.  Tony Sanchez (.300) went 2-for-4 with a two run homer.  Jeremy Farrell (.313) also went 2-for-4, with a two run homer.  Brock Holt (.400) went 3-for-5 with a stolen base and two runs.

Jared Hughes (5.40) got the start, and allowed three runs in four innings.  Mike Colla (1-0, 3.00) pitched three innings, allowing a run on three hits, with no walks and five strikeouts, picking up the win.

BRADENTON MARAUDERS (A+)

Lorin threw three shutout innings in his high-A debut.

Box Score

Result: Bradenton 6, Charlotte 3

Starting Pitcher: Brett Lorin (3.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR)

Top Hitter: Calvin Anderson (2-for-4, 1 HR, 3 RBI)

Notes: Brett Lorin (0.00) finally made his high-A debut, pitching three innings in today’s game.  Lorin allowed just three hits in his three shutout innings, with no walks and one strikeout.  Bradenton then got three strong innings from Duke Welker (1-1, 5.40), who allowed one run on five hits, and surprisingly only walked one batter, while striking out one.  Jason Erickson (3.00) allowed one earned run in three innings to pick up the save.

Calvin Anderson (.167) went 2-for-4 with a homer and three RBIs.  Evan Chambers (.308) went 2-for-4 with two doubles.  Aaron Baker (.286) went 1-for-3 with a double, a walk, and two RBIs.  Robbie Grossman (.250) went 1-for-1 with three walks, a double, and a stolen base.  Chris Snyder (.417) made a rehab start, going 0-for-2 with two walks.

WEST VIRGINIA POWER (A)

Dodson threw five shutout innings in his 2011 debut.

Game One Box Score

Game Two Box Score

Result: West Virginia 9, Savannah 1 / West Virginia 2, Savannah 0

Starting Pitcher: Tyler Waldron (5.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 0 HR) / Zack Dodson (5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR)

Top Hitter: Matt Curry (3-for-3, 2B, HR, BB, 4 RBI)

Notes: West Virginia finally played their double header, after being rained out the last two days.  They ended up sweeping Savannah, thanks to strong efforts from their starting pitchers.  Tyler Waldron (1-0, 1.80) pitched game one, allowing just one run on five hits, with no walks and four strikeouts.  Zac Fuesser (0.00) closed the game out, pitching the final two innings, and allowing just three hits.  Zack Dodson (1-0, 0.00) started game two, and pitched five shutout innings, allowing two hits, one walk and one strikeout.  The one walk was impressive, as Dodson suffered from control issues last year.  Ryan Beckman (0.00) closed it out with two perfect innings for the save.

Matt Curry (.500) led the offense in game one, going 3-for-3 with a walk, a double, a home run, and four RBIs.  Elias Diaz (.143) went 1-for-4 with a double and an RBI.  Andy Vasquez (1.000) went 3-for-3 in game one.  Mel Rojas Jr. (.100), Eric Avila (.333), Dan Grovatt (.286), and Kevin Mort (.500) each had one hit in the second game, combining for the only four hits of the game from West Virginia.

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