Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 5/5/11

DAILY SUMMARY

Top Pitcher: Phillip Irwin (5.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR)

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

Home Runs: Matt Hague (2), Chase d’Arnaud (2), Dusty Brown (5), Jarek Cunningham (8)

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA)

D'Arnaud went 2-for-5 with a homer.

Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 9, Norfolk 1

Starting Pitcher: Brian Burres (6.2 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 1 HR)

Top Hitter: Matt Hague (2-for-5, HR, 3 RBI)/Chase d’Arnaud (2-for-5, HR, 3 RBI)

Notes: Indianapolis got a big performance from the offense tonight, as three Indians homered, leading to nine runs.  Matt Hague (.280) and Chase d’Arnaud (.235) each went 2-for-5 with a homer and three RBIs.  Alex Presley (.366) went 3-for-5 with a double, a triple, and his seventh stolen base of the season.  Dusty Brown (.309) went 2-for-3 with a double, and his fifth homer of the year.

Brian Burres (1-4, 5.34) got the win, allowing one run on six hits in 6.2 innings.  The run came on a solo homer.  Dan Meyer (3.68) pitched 1.1 shutout innings, allowing a walk and striking out one.  Garrett Olson (3.52) pitched a shutout inning, allowing one hit and striking out two.

ALTOONA CURVE (AA)

Pribanic had another strong outing today.

Box Score

Result: Altoona 4, Akron 3

Starting Pitcher: Aaron Pribanic (5.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 HR)

Top Hitter: Jordy Mercer (2-for-4, SB)

Notes: Altoona got another strong start from Aaron Pribanic (3-0, 1.86), who allowed two runs on six hits in five innings, with no walks and three strikeouts.  Tim Alderson (1.17) allowed one unearned run on one hit in two innings, with no walks and two strikeouts.  Michael Dubee (4.50) pitched a shutout inning, allowing three hits.  Noah Krol (3.38) pitched a shutout inning, allowing a walk and two hits.

Jordy Mercer (.215) went 2-for-4 with a stolen base and a run.  Eric Fryer (.300) went 2-for-2 with a walk and a run.  Jose Hernandez (.217) went 1-for-3 with a triple and an RBI.

BRADENTON MARAUDERS (A+)

Cunningham went 3-for-4 with his eighth homer of the year.

Box Score

Result: Bradenton 4, St. Lucie 2

Starting Pitcher: Phillip Irwin (5.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR)

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

Notes: Jarek Cunningham (.303) led the Bradenton offense, going 3-for-4 with a triple, a homer, two RBIs, and two runs scored.  Cunningham has been on fire lately, with a .400/.415/.875 line, and four homers in 40 at-bats in his last ten games.  He now has eight homers in 99 at-bats on the season.  Adalberto Santos (.316) went 1-for-2 with a walk and a stolen base.  Aaron Baker (.326) went 1-for-2 with an RBI.  Elevys Gonzalez (.360) went 1-for-3 with a double.

Phillip Irwin (1-0, 0.82) made his third appearance of the year, pitching five shutout innings, allowing a walk and a hit, and striking out two.  Brett Lorin (3.80) pitched 2.2 shutout innings, allowing two hits and striking out six batters.  Jhonathan Ramos (4.91) pitched 1.1 innings, allowing two runs on two hits, thanks to a two run homer in the ninth.

WEST VIRGINIA POWER (A)

Ngoepe went 4-for-5 today.

Box Score

Result: Augusta 7, West Virginia 6

Starting Pitcher: Colton Cain (4.2 IP, 3 H, 5 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 0 HR)

Top Hitter: Gift Ngoepe (4-for-5, 2B)

Notes: West Virginia attempted a late comeback, scoring three runs in the eighth, but fell a run short tonight.  Colton Cain (1-2, 4.03) got the start, but was hurt by errors, allowing four unearned runs in the first inning, due to a fielding error by Eric Avila.  Cain allowed five runs, one earned, on three hits and three walks in 4.2 innings.  Kevin Decker (2.30) pitched 1.1 shutout innings, allowing Cain’s other run to score in the fifth.  Zach Foster (6.23) allowed two runs on three hits in two innings.

Gift Ngoepe (.299) went 4-for-5 with a double and a run.  Drew Maggi (.157) went 2-for-5 with two RBIs.  Matt Curry (.381) went 2-for-4 with a walk.  Check out our interview with Matt, which went up earlier today.  Justin Howard (.318) went 2-for-5 with a double and two RBIs.

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