Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 4/8/11

DAILY SUMMARY

Top Pitcher: Jeff Locke (4.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR)

Top Hitter: Chris Snyder (3-for-3, R, 2B, HR, 6 RBI)

Home Runs: Eric Fryer (1), Chris Snyder (1)

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA)

Hague had three hits tonight.

Box Score

Result: Columbus 3, Indianapolis 2

Starting Pitcher: Sean Gallagher (4.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 1 HR)

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

Notes: Indianapolis lost to Columbus 3-2, after failing to capitalize on a bases loaded, no out situation in the bottom of the ninth.  Matt Hague (.500) went 3-for-4 on the day, and led off the ninth with his third single of the game.  Brian Friday (.333) followed that up with his only hit of the game, a single, putting Hague at second.  Josh Harrison came on to pinch run for Hague, and Corey Wimberly (.333) sacrificed Harrison and Friday in to scoring position.  After Andrew Lambo was intentionally walked as a pinch hitter, Gorkys Hernandez (.250) was called out on strikes, followed by a ground out by Pedro Ciriaco (.000) to end the game.  Chase d’Arnaud (.333) went 1-for-3 with a triple, a walk, an RBI, and a stolen base.

Sean Gallagher (0-1, 6.75) got the loss, allowing three runs on seven hits in four innings.  Dan Meyer (0.00) made his organizational debut, pitching 2.1 shutout innings, although he walked three.  Daniel Moskos (0.00) pitched 1.1 shutout innings, with a walk, a triple, and two strikeouts, and according to Scott McCauley, he threw his slider for strikes.

ALTOONA CURVE (AA)

Locke threw 4.2 innings, allowing two unearned runs today.

Box Score

Result: Erie 2, Altoona 1

Starting Pitcher: Jeff Locke (4.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR)

Top Hitter: Eric Fryer (1-for-3, HR)

Notes: Altoona lost their second straight one run game, after a throwing error by Tony Sanchez and a wild pitch by Jeff Locke brought in two runs in the fourth inning.  Locke (0-1, 0.00) pitched 4.2 innings, and didn’t run in to much trouble outside of the fourth inning.  He did throw two wild pitches, one in the first, and one in the fourth.  He was bailed out by Tim Alderson (0.00) in the fifth inning, after allowing a two out double.  Alderson threw 1.1 shutout innings, allowing one walk and striking out two, for an impressive debut.

The Altoona offense didn’t do much tonight.  The lone run came on a solo homer by Eric Fryer (.167) his first of the season.  Brock Holt (.200) went 1-for-2 with a double and two walks, along with two stolen bases.  Jordy Mercer got the other hit, going 1-for-2 with two walks.  Tony Sanchez recorded a caught stealing, his first of the year, making him 1-for-3 on the season.

BRADENTON MARAUDERS (A+)

Snyder made another rehab start, going 3-for-3 with a double and a homer.

Box Score

Result: Bradenton 13, Charlotte 0

Starting Pitcher: Joe Beimel (1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR)

Top Hitter: Chris Snyder (3-for-3, R, 2B, HR, 6 RBI)

Notes: Bradenton’s offense had a big game today, combining for 13 runs on 13 hits, with 10 walks.  Chris Snyder (.833) made another rehab start, going 3-for-3 with a double, a home run, and six RBIs.  Evan Chambers (.333) went 2-for-3 with a double, a walk, a stolen base, two runs, and an RBI.  With the double, stolen base, and walk, he was just a strikeout away from an Evan Chambers cycle.  David Rubinstein (.625) went 3-for-4 with a walk and two runs scored.  Robbie Grossman went 1-for-5 with a walk, but struck out four times, which isn’t good.

Joe Beimel (0.00) pitched a rehab inning, then was pulled in favor of Matt McSwain (1-0, 0.00).  McSwain picked up the win, throwing five shutout innings, allowing three hits.  Jeffrey Inman (0.00) came on in relief, pitching two shutout innings, allowing two hits and striking out one.  Gabriel Alvarado (0.00) closed it out with a shutout inning, striking out two.

WEST VIRGINIA POWER (A)

West Virginia was postponed due to rain.

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