Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 5/1/11

DAILY SUMMARY

Top Pitcher: Nathan Baker (6.0 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 0 HR)

Top Hitter: Brock Holt (3-for-5, 3B, RBI)

Home Runs: None

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA)

Wilson allowed three runs in six innings.

Box Score

Result: Durham 6, Indianapolis 1

Starting Pitcher: Justin Wilson (6.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 0 HR)

Top Hitter: Chase d’Arnaud (1-for-3, BB, RBI)

Notes: Justin Wilson (2-2, 2.70) didn’t get a lot of help from his defense today, and allowed three runs on seven hits in six innings, with three walks and five strikeouts.  Wilson also didn’t get much help from the offense, as Indianapolis only managed one run on four hits.  Chris Leroux (6.92) allowed three runs in an inning of work.  Cesar Valdez (4.30) pitched two shutout innings, allowing a walk and striking out three.

Chase d’Arnaud (.221) had the only RBI, going 1-for-3 with a walk, and knocking in Andy Marte (.164), who also went 1-for-3.  Gorkys Hernandez (.235) drew a walk and stole his ninth base of the season.

ALTOONA CURVE (AA)

Holt went 3-for-5.

Box Score

Result: Altoona 6, Erie 5

Starting Pitcher: Aaron Thompson (6.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 0 HR)

Top Hitter: Brock Holt (3-for-5, 3B, RBI)

Notes: Aaron Thompson (3.49) pitched six innings, allowing three runs on six hits, with two walks and two strikeouts.  Anthony Claggett (3.38) added a scoreless inning, although Michael Dubee (1-1, 4.91) blew the lead, allowing two runs in two innings of work.

The Altoona offense managed to re-take the lead in the eighth, after Dubee blew the lead in the top half of the inning.  With two outs, Brad Chalk (.212) hit an RBI double, bringing in Tony Sanchez (.274) from second base.  Brock Holt (.326) followed that with an RBI single, giving Altoona the lead.  Holt went 3-for-5 on the day, with a triple.  Starling Marte (.330) went 2-for-5 with two RBIs.  Jordy Mercer (.173) went 2-for-3 with an RBI.

BRADENTON MARAUDERS (A+)

Baker allowed two runs in six innings.

Box Score

Result: Palm Beach 3, Bradenton 2

Starting Pitcher: Nathan Baker (6.0 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 0 HR)

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

Notes: Bradenton was down 2-0 heading in to the eighth inning, but quickly came back to tie the score in the top half of the frame.  Robbie Grossman (.284) led off with a single, then scored on a Jarek Cunningham (.276) triple.  It was the second hit on the day for Cunningham, who scored when Evan Chambers (.221) followed that up with an RBI double.  Bradenton was unable to score any more runs, and Palm Beach scored the go-ahead run in the bottom half of the inning.

Nathan Baker (5.00) had a good start, allowing two runs on eight hits in six innings, with no walks and five strikeouts.  Jhonathan Ramos (4.05) pitched a perfect inning, striking out one.  Ryan Beckman (0-2, 1.50) got the loss, allowing one run on two walks and a wild pitch, with one strikeout.

WEST VIRGINIA POWER (A)

West Virginia was postponed today.

Tim Williams

Author: Tim Williams

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  • Anonymous

    Hoping this is Grossman’s breakout year.