Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 5/25/11

DAILY SUMMARY

Top Pitcher: Brandon Cumpton (6.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 8 K, 0 HR)

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

Home Runs: Jarek Cunningham (11)

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA)

Indianapolis was off today.

ALTOONA CURVE (AA)

Fryer went 3-for-4 tonight.

Box Score

Result: Altoona 7, Bowie 1

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

Top Hitter: Eric Fryer (3-for-4, RBI)

Notes: Altoona got another great start from Michael Colla (3-1, 2.54), who allowed one run on five hits in five innings, with a walk and four strikeouts.  Tim Alderson (0.98) pitched a shutout inning, allowing one hit and striking out one.  Bryan Morris (3.38) pitched three shutout innings, allowing a walk and a hit, and striking out three.

Brock Holt (.281) went 2-for-5 with a triple and two RBIs.  Starling Marte (.331) went 2-for-5 with a double.  Jeremy Farrell (.296) went 2-for-4 with an RBI.  Eric Fryer (.337) went 3-for-4 with an RBI.

BRADENTON MARAUDERS (A+)

Cunningham hit his 11th homer of the year.

Box Score

Result: Lakeland 4, Bradenton 3

Starting Pitcher: Kyle McPherson (5.0 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 0 HR)

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

Notes: Kyle McPherson (3.22) bounced back from a bad outing last time around, this time allowing one run on seven hits in five innings, with two walks and four strikeouts.  Brian Leach (5.40) made his first appearance in high-A, with a run allowed in 1.2 innings.  Donald Veal (0-1, 7.71) allowed two runs in 1.1 innings.

Jarek Cunningham (.298) went 3-for-4 with a double and his 11th homer of the year.  Robbie Grossman (.262) went 1-for-4 with a double and a run.  Evan Chambers (.182) went 1-for-3 with a double.

WEST VIRGINIA POWER (A)

Cumpton threw 6.2 shutout innings tonight.

Box Score

Result: West Virginia 3, Delmarva 0

Starting Pitcher: Brandon Cumpton (6.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 8 K, 0 HR)

Top Hitter: Elias Diaz (2-for-4, 2 RBI)

Notes: After three horrible starts to begin the 2011 season, Brandon Cumpton (5-3, 5.04) was temporarily removed from the rotation.  After pitching three perfect innings in relief, Cumpton returned to a starting role, and has been on fire ever since.  In the five starts since returning to the rotation, Cumpton has a 1.16 ERA in 31 innings, with a 26:5 K/BB ratio.  That includes tonight’s start in which Cumpton pitched 6.2 shutout innings, allowing three hits, one walk, and striking out eight.  Brooks Pounders (2.82) pitched 1.1 shutout innings.  Jason Townsend (2.35) pitched a perfect ninth inning to complete the shutout.

Elias Diaz (.173) went 2-for-4 with a run and two RBIs.  Eric Avila (.202) went 2-for-4 with a stolen base.  Kawika Emsley-Pai (.424) went 1-for-2 with a double and two walks.

VSL Pirates (RK)

Box Score

Result: Tigers 5, Pirates 4

Starting Pitcher: Julio Vivas (3.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR)

Top Hitter: Jose Roman (2-for-4, 2B, BB, 2 R)

Notes: Dilson Herrera (.265) continued his hitting streak, going 1-for-5.  Jose Roman (.303) went 2-for-4 with a double, a walk, and two runs.  Jordan Galvez (.227) went 2-for-5 with a stolen base.  Luis Sucre (.214) went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI.  Kelly Aponte (.333) went 2-for-2 with three RBIs and two walks.

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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