Game 36 Live Blog: Pirates at Cubs

Lineups: Pirates: 1. Akinori Iwamura, 2B 2. Andy LaRoche, 3B 3. Andrew McCutchen, CF 4. Garrett Jones, RF 5. Ryan Church, LF 6. Ryan Doumit, C 7. Jeff Clement, 1B 8. Ronny Cedeno, SS 9. Paul Maholm, P Cubs: 1. Ryan Theriot, SS 2. Marlon Byrd, CF 3. Derrek Lee, 1B 4. Aramis Ramirez, 3B 5. Geovany Soto, C 6. Alfonso Soriano, LF 7. Xavier Nady, RF 8. Starling Castro, SS 9. Ryan Dempster, P...

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When will we see Neil Walker in Pittsburgh?

I can’t say I’ve really been a Neil Walker fan these past few years.  Just like with Jeff Clement, I don’t like the idea of taking a top catching prospect and converting him to a corner infield position.  It’s not a matter of defense.  Walker has been fine by most accounts at third base, and Clement hasn’t seemed to have a major problem moving to first base.  It’s all about the...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 5/14/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA) Indianapolis beat Toledo 8-1.  Michael Crotta continued his impressive season, going seven innings and allowing just one run on seven hits, with no walks and five strikeouts.  Crotta has a 2.86 ERA in his three starts for Indianapolis so far, with an 11:2 K/BB ratio in 22 innings of work.  Anthony Claggett and Jeremy Powell each pitched a perfect inning in relief. The Indianapolis offense was...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 5/13/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA) Indianapolis beat Rochester 8-3.  Donald Veal got the start, only lasting 4.2 innings, and allowing three runs on six hits.  Veal struck out six and walked one, although he did hit three batters.  Justin Thomas got the win, pitching 2.1 perfect innings, with one strikeout.  Steven Jackson also pitched a perfect inning in relief, and Vinnie Chulk followed that up with a shutout inning,...

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Bad inning from Alderson costs Altoona the win

Tonight was the first opportunity I had to see Tim Alderson pitch.  Heading in to the season I had Alderson as the number four prospect on my top 50 prospects list, based off of reputation and his numbers prior to his 2009 struggles after the trade to the Pirates.  I don’t make it a habit of taking too much away from one outing, but based on Alderson’s struggles this year, his reported dip in velocity, and what I...

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