Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 4/27/11

DAILY SUMMARY

Top Pitcher: Jared Hughes (5.0 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR)

Top Hitter: Matt Hague (3-for-4, HR, 2 RBI)

Home Runs: Alex Presley (3), Dusty Brown (3), Matt Hague (1), Calvin Anderson (3)

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA)

Hague hit his first homer at the AAA level.

Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 7, Norfolk 6

Starting Pitcher: Brad Lincoln (6.2 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 2 HR)

Top Hitter: Matt Hague (3-for-4, HR, 2 RBI)

Notes: Brad Lincoln (7.17) had another rough start, allowing six runs on six hits in 6.2 innings, with two walks and five strikeouts.  Lincoln was hurt by two home runs, although home runs were a common theme in the game, with the Indians hitting three of their own.  That could be due to a 14 MPH wind, blowing out to center field.  Tim Wood (3.86) pitched 1.2 perfect innings, with two strikeouts.

Alex Presley (.346) had a perfect day, going 2-for-2 with a home run, his third of the year, two walks, and a stolen base, his fifth of the year.  Matt Hague (.299) went 3-for-4, hitting his first homer of the year, and knocking in the winning run.  Dusty Brown (.310) went 2-for-4 with a double and a homer.  Gorkys Hernandez (.255) went 2-for-4 with a double.

ALTOONA CURVE (AA)

Farrell went 3-for-5.

Box Score

Result: Altoona 6, Harrisburg 5 (11 innings)

Starting Pitcher: Jared Hughes (5.0 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR)

Top Hitter: Jeremy Farrell (3-for-5, 2 2B)

Notes: Altoona went to extra innings again, after Michael Dubee (4.26) and Noah Krol (4.66) combined to blow a four run lead in the ninth inning.  Jared Hughes (4.05) pitched five shutout innings, and was followed by a perfect inning from Tom Boleska (0.00).  Dubee pitched a scoreless seventh inning, then allowed a run in the eighth, making the score 5-1.  Dubee allowed four more runs in the ninth, with the final one coming in under Krol’s watch.

Altoona got some great hitting throughout the game.  Brock Holt (.347) went 2-for-5.  Starling Marte (.360) went 2-for-6.  Jeremy Farrell (.324) went 3-for-5 with two doubles.  Brad Chalk (.182) went 2-for-4 with a triple.

BRADENTON MARAUDERS (A+)

Cunningham is now hitting for a .292 average.

Box Score

Result: St. Lucie 9, Bradenton 4

Starting Pitcher: Kyle McPherson (6.0 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 HR)

Top Hitter: Jarek Cunningham (3-for-4, 2B, SB)

Notes: Kyle McPherson (2.12) didn’t have his best start today, allowing four runs on seven hits in six innings, with a walk and four strikeouts.  Diego Moreno (3.12) pitched two shutout innings, allowing two hits.  Ryan Beckman (0-1, 0.00) took the loss, although kept his perfect ERA, allowing five unearned runs on four hits and a walk.

Jarek Cunningham (.292) went 3-for-4 with a double, a stolen base, and an RBI.  Calvin Anderson (.237) brought in the other runs, going 1-for-4 with a three run homer, his third of the year.  Aaron Baker (.310) went 1-for-4 with a double.

WEST VIRGINIA POWER (A)

The West Virginia game was suspended in the second inning, although Jameson Taillon made his debut.  Read my report on his start, along with quotes from Taillon, Jeff Johnson, and Kyle Stark.

Tim Williams

Author: 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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