Altoona won the three game series in Trenton by flexing some muscle tonight in their 5-1 win. They had three homers, with the first coming off the bat of Matt Curry in the 2nd inning, and then back to back homers from Quincy Latimore and Jordy Mercer in the 5th inning. Jeff Locke was wild but effective, getting the win while allowing just one run in 5 1/3 innings. The other scoring from Altoona came from a Jordy Mercer single in the 3rd inning and a Jose Hernandez sacrifice fly in the 8th inning, a play that ended with a hard collision at the plate with Altoona's Travis Scott running over the Yankees top prospect catcher Austin Romine, who couldn't handle the throw. Altoona collected 15 hits in the game without two of their better hitters. Bother Starling Marte (day to day with a groin injury) and Jeremy Farrell were not in the lineup. They also beat up on the one time major league Kei Igawa who has not only fallen all the way to AA but looked like he had nothing tonight.
John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.