GCL Pirates — June 25

This is a brief report from the GCL Pirates’ 5-4, 10-inning win over the GCL Braves at Walt Disney World, which is where the Braves hold spring training.  There wasn’t a great deal of action in the game, as the two starters–lefty Orlando Castro for the Bucs and righty Rafael Briceno for the Braves–dominated the first five and a half innings.  Neither allowed more than one or two well hit balls.  The Baby Bucs...

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Pirates Call Up Eric Fryer, DFA Dusty Brown

The Pittsburgh Pirates have called up catcher Eric Fryer from the Indianapolis Indians, and have designated Dusty Brown for assignment.  Fryer was originally acquired by the Pirates in June 2009, in exchange for Eric Hinske.  The Pirates paid the remainder of Hinske’s 2009 salary to get Fryer and Casey Erickson, who was released prior to the season. Last month, I broke down how Fryer has been blocked at every level by top...

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Curve Finally Score; Spikes Lose in 12 Innings

Saturday’s action in the Pirates’ lower minor league organization… being thrown out at the plate seemed to be a recurring theme….

Harrisburg Senators  3,  Altoona Curve  1
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The Curve out-hit the Senators 8-4, but could only force one run across the plate, though that was one more run than they had scored in their last three games.  Aaron Pribanic suffered his 5th loss of the season (for a 5-5 record), allowing 2 runs on just 2 hits and a walk, while strikeout out 7 batters in 6 innings.  The walk gave the Senators their only baserunner over the first three innings.  The Senators began the 4th inning with a single, and a balk put the runner on second base.  Pribanic struck out the next two batters, but the next batter smacked a 2-run homer.  He retired the next 7 batters in order to finish his night.  

The Curve put at least one batter on base in 5 of the first 6 innings.  They came closest to scoring in the 4th, when SS Jordy Mercer led off with a single, and advanced to second on a balk.  He reached third when 3B Jeremy Farrell singled to first, but got hung up between third and home, and was tagged out in a run-down.  Altoona got onto the scoreboard in the 7th inning.  Farrell lined a single into right field, and after two outs, pinch-hitter Anthony Norman grounded to second, where the Harrisburg second baseman missed the play.  Farrell scored on the error.  CF Starling Marte doubled into left field, moving Norman to third, but a strikeout ended the inning with both of the runners in scoring position.  

Matt McSwain replaced Pribanic in the 7th.  He walked two batters, and loaded the bases with a single.  An RBI ground out brought in the runner from third, for the Senators’ third run.  Tim Alderson gave up a lead-off triple in the 8th, and hit the next batter with a pitch, but got out of the jam with a strikeout and a double play — a line out to center field and an on-target throw by Marte to the plate let C Tony Sanchez tag him out at home.  

Former Pirate farmhand Jimmy Barthmaier walked Mercer to begin the 8th, but he was erased on a double play, and a strikeout ended the inning, the Curve went down in order in the 9th.  

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Marauders and GCL Pirates — June 24

One advantage Bradenton has now is that there are two Pirates’ affiliates there.  The rookie level Gulf Coast League Pirates play at Pirate City, with games generally at noon, and the high A Florida State League Bradenton Marauders play mostly in the evening at McKechnie Field.  I made it to both games on Friday.  The GCL Bucs went up early but eventually lost, 6-4, to the Braves.  The Marauders also got an early lead but made...

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Minor League Schedule: 6/25/11

For an in depth review of yesterday’s games please check out our minor league wrap-up which can be found here.  All eight teams play today, yesterday was the first time that happened this year. Stetson Allie makes his 2nd career start tonight for State College.  The 20 year old 2010 2nd round draft pick lasted just 2.1 IP in his first start allowing three runs on three hits and three walks. He also struck out three and all three...

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