Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 6/3/11

DAILY SUMMARY

Top Pitcher: Brad Lincoln (7.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR)

Top Hitter: David Rubinstein (3-for-5, 3 R, HR, 2 RBI)

Home Runs: Andy Marte (6), Shelby Ford (2), Aaron Baker (8), David Rubinstein (3), Carlos Paulino (1)

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA)

Lincoln allowed one run in seven innings, plus hit a double and a triple.

Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 3, Syracuse 1

Starting Pitcher: Brad Lincoln (7.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR)

Top Hitter: Brad Lincoln (2-for-2, 2B, 3B, R)

Notes: It’s not often that a pitcher gets listed as the top pitcher AND the top hitter of the night for a team, but that’s what happened tonight with Brad Lincoln (5-5, 4.34).  Lincoln pitched seven innings, allowing one run on six hits, with no walks and one strikeout.  At the plate, Lincoln (.333) went 2-for-2 with a double and a triple.  He was the only player to record multiple hits, and had two of the five hits in the game for Indianapolis.

Cesar Valdez (2.56) and Tim Wood (3.22) each pitched shutout innings, allowing no walks or hits, and striking out two each to close out the game.  Shelby Ford (.375) went 1-for-4 with a homer and two RBIs.  Andy Marte (.212) went 1-for-3 with a homer.

ALTOONA CURVE (AA)

Holt went 2-for-5 with a stolen base.

Box Score

Result: Portland 7, Altoona 2

Starting Pitcher: Jared Hughes (4.0 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 1 HR)

Top Hitter: Brock Holt (2-for-5, SB)

Notes: Jared Hughes (3-3, 3.77) allowed four runs on eight hits in four innings, with two walks and five strikeouts.  Tim Alderson (1.67) allowed two runs on five hits in 1.2 innings.  Bryan Morris (2.93) allowed a run on five hits in 3.1 innings, with no walks and one strikeout.

Brock Holt (.300) went 2-for-5 with his 11th stolen base of the season.  Matt Curry (.421) went 2-for-4.  Curry is 8-for-19 in his first five games at the AA level, with a hit in all five games, and three extra base hits.  Jordy Mercer (.254) went 1-for-3 with a double and a walk.

BRADENTON MARAUDERS (A+)

Rubinstein went 3-for-5 with a homer.

Box Score

Result: Bradenton 13, Brevard County 3

Starting Pitcher: Quinton Miller (6.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HR)

Top Hitter: David Rubinstein (3-for-5, 3 R, HR, 2 RBI)

Notes: Quinton Miller (3-5, 7.18) had one of his better starts of the year, allowing two runs on five hits in six innings, with a walk and two strikeouts.  Brian Leach (8.10) pitched a shutout inning, allowing two walks.  Duke Welker (3.48) pitched a shutout inning, allowing two hits and one walk.

Aaron Baker (.280) went 2-for-4 with a homer and four RBIs.  David Rubinstein (.331) went 3-for-5 with a homer and two RBIs.  Carlos Paulino (.288) went 3-for-4 with a double, a homer and three RBIs.  Adalberto Santos (.306) went 4-for-5 with a double, a triple, and a stolen base.  Kelson Brown (.219) went 3-for-5 with two RBIs.  Robbie Grossman (.273) went 2-for-5.

WEST VIRGINIA POWER (A)

Taillon had a rough second inning tonight.

Box Score

Result: West Virginia 5, Lexington 4

Starting Pitcher: Jameson Taillon (5.0 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 HR)

Top Hitter: Drew Maggi (3-for-5, 3B, 2 RBI)

Notes: Jameson Taillon (2-1, 3.71) was hit around tonight, mostly in the second inning, and ended up allowing four runs on eight hits in five innings, with no walks and three strikeouts.  Taillon allowed back to back doubles to lead off the second, followed by a single to make the score 2-0.  Then, with two outs, he allowed a two run homer, before getting a strikeout to end the inning.  Taillon didn’t have much trouble after that, although he only had one, 1-2-3 inning.

Casey Sadler (3.91) pitched three shutout innings, allowing a walk and a hit, and striking out three.  Jason Townsend (1.96) pitched a shutout inning, allowing one hit and striking out one.  Drew Maggi (.223) went 3-for-5 with a triple and two RBIs.  Daniel Grovatt (.299) went 2-for-3 with two runs and two walks.  Andy Vasquez (.301) went 2-for-4 with two RBIs.

DSL Pirates (RK)

The DSL Pirates were postponed today.

VSL Pirates (RK)

Box Score

Result: Pirates 15, Phillies 8

Starting Pitcher: Andy Otamendi (5.0 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR)

Top Hitter: Jose Roman (2-for-3, 2B, 2 BB, 3 RBI)

Notes: Jose Roman (.403) went 2-for-3 with a double, two walks, and three RBIs.  Carlos Esqueda (.279) went 2-for-3 with a double, a walk, a stolen base, and four runs scored.  Jordan Galvez (.286) went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs.  Ulises Montilla (.333) went 3-for-4 with two RBIs.  Edgard Munoz (.368) went 2-for-4 with a walk, two runs, and two stolen bases. Jose Salazar (.194) went 2-for-4 with four runs and a walk.

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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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