Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 4/28/11

DAILY SUMMARY

Top Pitcher: Zac Fuesser (5.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 8 K, 0 HR)

Top Hitter: Quincy Latimore (2-for-4, 2 HR)

Home Runs: Quincy Latimore 2 (2), Calvin Anderson (4), Justin Howard (3), Andy Vasquez (1)

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA)

Owens had a rough start today.

Box Score

Result: Norfolk 6, Indianapolis 0

Starting Pitcher: Rudy Owens (5.2 IP, 9 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 2 HR)

Top Hitter: Andrew Lambo (1-for-3, 2B, BB)

Notes: Rudy Owens (2-2, 4.50) had his second straight rough start, allowing six runs on nine hits in 5.2 innings, allowing one walk and striking out two.  Chris Leroux (5.25) pitched 2.1 shutout innings, allowing three hits, two walks, and striking out two.  Jose Ascanio (19.29) pitched a shutout inning in a rehab appearance.

The Indianapolis offense was held to three hits.  Andrew Lambo (.200) went 1-for-3 with a double and a walk.  Alex Presley (.341) and Gorkys Hernandez (.259) had the other hits, with Hernandez stealing his seventh base of the season.

ALTOONA CURVE (AA)

Latimore homered twice tonight.

Box Score

Result: Harrisburg 6, Altoona 2

Starting Pitcher: Mike Colla (4.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 2 HR)

Top Hitter: Quincy Latimore (2-for-4, 2 HR)

Notes: Mike Colla (1-1, 4.15) made the start today, filling in for Bryan Morris, who was placed on the disabled list yesterday.  Colla pitched four innings, allowing two runs on two hits, with no walks and four strikeouts.  Both runs came on solo homers.  Matt McSwain (9.00), who was called up to take Morris’ spot, pitched four innings, allowing four runs on four hits, with two walks and a strikeout.

Quincy Latimore (.242) was responsible for both runs, going 2-for-4 with two solo homers, his first two of the year.  Jeremy Farrell (.319) went 1-for-4 with a double.  Kris Watts (.286) went 1-for-3 with a double.  Starling Marte (.354) went 1-for-4 with his seventh stolen base of the season.

BRADENTON MARAUDERS (A+)

Inman allowed one earned run in five innings.

Box Score

Result: Bradenton 6, St. Lucie 4 (5 innings)

Starting Pitcher: Jeffrey Inman (5.0 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HR)

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

Notes: Bradenton won in five innings on a rain and lightning shortened game.  Jeffrey Inman (1-0, 1.59) got the start, pitching five innings, allowing four runs, one earned, on four hits, with no walks and two strikeouts.  Calvin Anderson (.242) boosted the offense with a three run homer, his second in as many days.  Aaron Baker (.329) went 2-for-2 with a walk and an RBI.  Robbie Grossman (.280) also went 2-for-2.

WEST VIRGINIA POWER (A)

Curry combined to go 3-for-5 with three walks.

Game One Box Score

Game Two Box Score

Result: West Virginia 14, Hagerstown 2; Hagerstown 3, West Virginia 2 (7 innings)

Starting Pitcher: Jameson Taillon (2.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 0 HR); Colton Cain (5.0 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR)

Top Hitter: Matt Curry (3-for-5, 2B, 3 BB, 4 RBI)

Notes: West Virginia concluded their suspended game from yesterday, winning 14-2, after leading 7-1 in the second when play was suspended yesterday.  For my recap of how Jameson Taillon (4.50) did, check out yesterday’s article.  Zac Fuesser (1-0, 1.69) pitched five shutout innings today, allowing four hits, no walks, and striking out eight.  Trent Stevenson (4.76) closed it out with two innings, allowing one run on one hit, a solo homer.

Matt Curry (.418) went 2-for-3 with a double and four RBIs.  Justin Howard (.328) went 2-for-5 with a two run home run.  Daniel Grovatt (.292) went 1-for-3 with three RBIs.  Elias Diaz (.148) went 2-for-4 with a double and three RBIs.  Andy Vasquez (.300) went 1-for-3 with a homer.

Colton Cain (1-1, 4.58) pitched game two, going five innings, and allowing three runs on eight hits, with a walk and three strikeouts.  Casey Sadler (3.86) pitched two perfect innings with two strikeouts. Jairo Marquez (.556) went 2-for-3.  Matt Curry went 1-for-2 with two walks.  Daniel Grovatt went 1-for-3 with a run.

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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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