Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 5/19/11

DAILY SUMMARY

Top Pitcher: Brandon Cumpton (7.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR)

Top Hitter: Brock Holt (4-for-7, 3B)

Home Runs: John Bowker (2), Robbie Grossman (3), Aaron Baker (5), Elias Diaz (1)

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA)

Bowker went 1-for-4 with a homer.

Box Score

Result: Buffalo 5, Indianapolis 1

Starting Pitcher: Sean Gallagher (5.0 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 HR)

Top Hitter: John Bowker (1-for-4, HR)

Notes: Sean Gallagher (1-6, 7.61) allowed four runs on eight hits in five innings, with two walks and two strikeouts.  Dan Meyer (5.93) allowed a run in 1.1 innings.  Tony Watson (2.78) and Blaine Boyer (19.80) each pitched shutout innings.

John Bowker (.326) was responsible for the only run, going 1-for-4 with a solo homer.  Chase d’Arnaud (.277) snapped his eight game hitting streak, going 0-for-4.  Dylan Brown (.278) and Gorkys Hernandez (.242) each went 1-for-3.

ALTOONA CURVE (AA)

Alderson pitched 5.1 innings, allowing one run.

Game One Box Score

Game Two Box Score

Result: Akron 6, Altoona 1; Altoona 2, Akron 1

Starting Pitcher: Aaron Thompson (0.2 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR); Jared Hughes (5.2 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 0 HR)

Top Hitter: Brock Holt (4-for-7, 3B)

Notes: Altoona split a double header with Akron.  Aaron Thompson (2-4, 4.19) ran in to trouble in the first inning of game one, allowing five runs, four earned, on five hits in 0.2 innings.  Tim Alderson (1.01) came on in relief and pitched a great game, allowing a run on three hits in 5.1 innings, with no walks and no strikeouts.  Alderson also stranded two runners in the first. Brock Holt (.288) went 3-for-3 at the plate, with a triple.  Jordy Mercer (.234) had the only other hit, going 1-for-3.

Jared Hughes (3-1, 3.30) pitched 5.2 shutout innings in game two, allowing four hits, two walks and striking out two.  Michael Dubee (3.42) pitched 1.1 innings, allowing a run on two hits.  Quincy Latimore (.211) went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI.  Jeremy Farrell (.305) went 1-for-2 with a double and a walk.  Starling Marte (.320) went 1-for-3 with a double and a run.

BRADENTON MARAUDERS (A+)

Grossman 1-for-3 with a homer.

Box Score

Result: Dunedin 5, Bradenton 4

Starting Pitcher: Brett Lorin (4.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER 0 BB, 4 K, 0 HR)

Top Hitter: Robbie Grossman (1-for-3, HR, 2 RBI, BB)

Notes: Brett Lorin (3.24) got the start, allowing three runs, two earned on five hits in 4.2 innings, with no walks and four strikeouts.  Ryan Beckman (1.50) allowed a run on five hits in 2.1 innings, with a walk and three strikeouts.  Diego Moreno (1-3, 4.96) allowed an unearned run on a walk and a hit in two innings, striking out four.

Robbie Grossman (.260) went 1-for-3 with a homer and two RBIs.  Aaron Baker (.273) went 1-for-4 with a homer.  Elevys Gonzalez (.328) went 2-for-4 with a stolen base.  Benji Gonzalez (.252) went 2-for-4 with a triple.

WEST VIRGINIA POWER (A)

Cumpton one earned run in 7.2 innings.

Box Score

Result: West Virginia 6, Lexington 2

Starting Pitcher: Brandon Cumpton (7.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR)

Top Hitter: Mel Rojas Jr. (3-for-5, R, RBI)

Notes: Brandon Cumpton (4-3, 5.92) put up another impressive start, allowing two runs, one earned, on five hits in 7.2 innings, with a walk and four strikeouts.  Jason Townsend (2.51) pitched 1.1 shutout innings, allowing one hit and striking out one.

Mel Rojas Jr. (.277) went 3-for-5 with a run and an RBI.  Matt Curry (.363) went 1-for-2 with a double and a walk.  Elias Diaz (.151) went 1-for-4 with a homer and three RBIs.

VSL Pirates (RK)

Box Score

Result: Mariners 9, Pirates 3

Starting Pitcher: Julio Vivas (2.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 0 K, 0 HR)

Top Hitter: Carlos Esqueda (2-for-4, 2 2B, BB)

Notes: Carlos Esqueda (.364) went 2-for-4 with two doubles and a walk.  Dilson Herrera (.364) went 1-for-3 with a double, two walks, a stolen base, and an RBI.  Jose Roman (.273) went 1-for-3 with a double and two RBIs.

Tim Williams

Author: Tim Williams

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OGCKUSO5MA5VUCJHW2YSJ2K3TM Bob

    Release Gallagher already!!! holy crap.  

  • Anonymous

    Bob….I agree….release Gallagher!
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    So, has Alderson turned it around or is he just dominating AA with slow stuff? Will it translate as he goes higher

  • Anonymous

    Tim (or anyone on OnlyBucs.net). I’ve tried a couple of times to register, but it says it is closed for Registering. Is that a mistake, or is it a “Private Country Blog”? :-}
    My email to the administrator hasn’t been answered, either.
     Just curious, because it seems like a real knowledgeable blog.