Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 5/27/11


Top Pitcher: Kevin Decker (4.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR)

Top Hitter: Alex Presley (3-for-4, HR, SB)

Home Runs: Alex Presley (6), Andy Marte (5), Aaron Baker (6), Matt Curry (9)


Presley went 3-for-4 with a homer and a stolen base.

Box Score 

Result: Indianapolis 6, Pawtucket 3

Starting Pitcher: Brian Burres (6.2 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR)

Top Hitter: Alex Presley (3-for-4, HR, SB)

Notes: Indianapolis came back to beat Pawtucket, thanks to five runs scored in the top of the ninth inning.  Andy Marte (.173) came through with a grand slam to give the Indians the lead.  Alex Presley (.332) scored the only run prior to the ninth inning, with a solo shot, his sixth homer of the year.  Presley went 3-for-4 with the homer and his 12th stolen base of the season.  Gorkys Hernandez (.265) went 3-for-4 with a triple.  Matt Hague (.301) went 2-for-3 with a walk.

Brian Burres (4.42) pitched 6.2 innings, allowing three runs, two earned, on seven hits.  Justin Thomas (3-1, 3.74) pitched 1.1 shutout innings, allowing one hit.  Tim Wood (3.86) got the save with a perfect inning, striking out the side.  It was the second save in a row for Wood, who was sitting at 96 MPH with his fastball last night, and touching 91 MPH with his slider.  He hit 99 MPH tonight.


Altoona’s game was suspended in the 6th inning, tied 6-6.  It will resume tomorrow at 6:05 PM.


Anderson went 2-for-4 with two doubles.

Box Score 

Result: Daytona 9, Bradenton 5

Starting Pitcher: Quinton Miller (5.2 IP, 10 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 0 HR)

Top Hitter: Calvin Anderson (2-for-4, 2 2B, RBI)

Notes: Quinton Miller (7.71) allowed five runs on ten hits in 5.2 innings, with a walk and five strikeouts.  Two of the runs came off of Eliecer Navarro (0-2) who also allowed a run on one hit, a home run which brought in Miller’s runs.  Ryan Beckman (2.63) allowed three runs, all unearned, on two hits in one inning.

Calvin Anderson (.215) went 2-for-4 with two doubles.  Elevys Gonzalez (.322) went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs.  Aaron Baker (.271) went 1-for-3 with a solo homer, his sixth of the year.


Curry went 2-for-5 with a homer and three walks.

Box Score

Result: Delmarva 5, West Virginia 4 (19 innings)

Starting Pitcher: Zack Von Rosenberg (6.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR)

Top Hitter: Matt Curry (2-for-5, HR, 3 BB)

Notes: West Virginia lost to Delmarva in a 19 inning marathon in which they lost the lead twice.  Zack Von Rosenberg (7.53) had a good start, allowing two runs on five hits in six innings, with no walks and three strikeouts.  Zac Fuesser (2.65) allowed one run on two hits in three innings, with the one run coming in the ninth inning, sending the game to extra innings.  Porfirio Lopez (2.57) pitched five innings, allowing a run on six hits, with two walks and four strikeouts.  His run came in the bottom of the 12th, with West Virginia scoring a run in the top half of the inning.  Kevin Decker (2.12) pitched four shutout innings, allowing three hits, one walk, and striking out three.  Casey Sadler (1-2, 3.50) took the loss in the 19th.  Sadler allowed a leadoff double, and the winning run came in with two outs on a throwing error by Eric Avila.

Matt Curry (.376) went 2-for-5 with his ninth homer of the year, plus three walks.  Justin Howard (.269) went 2-for-8 with a double and an RBI.  Kevin Mort (.210) went 2-for-8 with a double and a stolen base.  Rogelios Noris (.232) went 2-for-7 with a double and a run.

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Box Score

Result: Reds 9, Pirates 6

Starting Pitcher: Roberto Espinoza (5.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR)

Top Hitter: Dilson Herrera (3-for-4, 2B, 3B)

Notes: Dilson Herrera (.316) went 3-for-4 with a double and a triple tonight.  The shortstop, who was signed for $220,000 last year, played third base tonight.  He has recorded a hit in each of his nine games played this year.  Ulises Montilla (.350) went 3-for-5 with two RBIs.

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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