Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 4/16/11

DAILY SUMMARY

Top Pitcher: Rudy Owens (6.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 0 HR)

Top Hitter: Robbie Grossman (3-for-4, 2B, BB, R, RBI, SB)

Home Runs: None

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA)

Owens carried a no hitter in to the sixth inning.

Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 7, Louisville 1

Starting Pitcher: Rudy Owens (6.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 0 HR)

Top Hitter: Josh Harrison (1-for-3, BB, HBP, 3B, 2 R, RBI, 2 SB)

Notes: Rudy Owens (2-0, 1.35) carried a no hitter in to the sixth inning against a very difficult Louisville offense, before allowing a single to Yonder Alonso.  Owens finished with 6.1 innings, allowing three hits, one run, two walks, and striking out three.  He threw 88 pitches, 61 for strikes.  Tony Watson (1.80) came on to finish the seventh inning, getting the final two outs needed.  Tim Wood (8.31) closed out the game, pitching two shutout innings, allowing a walk and a hit, and striking out three.

Indianapolis first got on the board in the fourth when Brian Friday (.167) brought in two runs with a single.  Friday went 1-for-3 with a walk and two RBIs.  They added some insurance in the eighth inning with four runs.  Josh Harrison (.321) hit an RBI triple to start the scoring.  Harrison also walked, was hit by a pitch, stole two bases, and scored two runs in the game.  After two straight walks to load the bases, Andy Marte (.222) came on as a pinch hitter, bringing everyone in with a three RBI double.  Andrew Lambo (.206) also had a good game, going 2-for-5 with a double and two runs.  Gorkys Hernandez (.281) went 1-for-5 and stole two bases, giving him five steals on the season.

ALTOONA CURVE (AA)

Altoona was rained out.

BRADENTON MARAUDERS (A+)

Grossman went 3-for-4 with a double.

Box Score

Result: Fort Myers 9, Bradenton 6

Starting Pitcher: Jose Ascanio (1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR)

Top Hitter: Robbie Grossman (3-for-4, 2B, BB, R, RBI, SB)

Notes: Jose Ascanio (9.82) made a rehab start today, pitching the first inning, and giving up one run.  That set the tone for the rest of the Bradenton staff, as the Marauders went on to give up eight more runs.  Nathan Baker (8.71) allowed five runs on nine hits in 4.1 innings, with three walks and four strikeouts.  Eliecer Navarro (0-1, 9.53) allowed a run on three hits, with a walk and two strikeouts.  Jhonathan Ramos (3.00) allowed his first runs of the season, giving up two runs on two hits in 0.2 innings.

Bradenton did manage six runs from their offense.  Robbie Grossman (.297) led the way, going 3-for-4 with a walk, a double, and his fourth stolen base of the season.  Calvin Anderson (.192) went 2-for-3 with a double, a walk, and an RBI.  Aaron Baker (.414) went 2-for-5 with a run scored.

WEST VIRGINIA POWER (A)

Waldron allowed four runs in five innings today.

Box Score

Result: West Virginia 8, Augusta 5

Starting Pitcher: Tyler Waldron (5.0 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 HR)

Top Hitter: Kawika Emsley-Pai (3-for-4, 2 R, RBI)

Notes: West Virginia got off to a great start tonight, scoring all eight of their runs in the first four innings.  Drew Maggi (.107) got things started with a leadoff double, and went 2-for-4 on the day, with a run and an RBI.  Eric Avila (.212) went 2-for-5 with a double, two runs, and an RBI.  Elias Diaz (.111) went 2-for-4 with two runs and an RBI.  Kawika Emsley-Pai (.333) went 3-for-4 with two runs and an RBI.

Tyler Waldron (2-0, 4.50) pitched five innings, allowing four runs on eight hits, with a walk and four strikeouts.  Zach Foster (3.86) pitched three perfect innings, striking out one.  Jason Townsend (0.00) continued his impressive start, going one inning, and allowing an unearned run on two hits, with two strikeouts and no walks.  The 2010 31st round pick now has five innings with no earned runs, nine strikeouts, and no walks.

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Tim Williams

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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