State College Spikes Player Reports 8/25

Tonight I got a chance to see several State College Spikes players for the first time this year.  The Spikes had a bad game, losing 11-4, with five errors on defense.  Ryan Hafner, who has had a strong year this year, had one of his worst outings, giving up two homers and six runs, with only three earned.  After the game, Spikes manager Kimera Bartee held a very brief meeting with the team, threw on some shorts, and left the stadium....

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GCL Pirates Recap 8/25/11 – Luis Heredia Start

Luis Heredia most likely pitched his last game of his first professional season today with the Gulf Coast League Pirates. I liked what I saw from him even though his pitching line didn’t look too great. In 3 innings, he threw 46 pitches with 31 strikes, a very healthy ratio that was in contrast to the last start I saw. He also flashed a nice change and curve which, when implemented in a “real” game plan, looks like...

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Figueroa’s Tribe Debut Spoiled By Clippers

Columbus Clippers  2,  Indianapolis Indians  1 [ box ] The newest member of the Indians, pitcher Nelson Figueroa, made the start tonight at Victory Field, but suffered the loss despite a solid debut performance.  Figueroa pitched 7 innings, in his first game since August 2nd, allowing 2 runs on 6 hits and 3 walks, while striking out 2 Columbus Clippers batters.  Clippers’ starter Mitch Talbot had an even better night, though,...

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Irwin Dominates in Altoona’s 6-2 Win

One of the big surprises in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ system this year has been the progress of right handed pitcher Phillip Irwin.  The former Ole Miss starter was selected in the 21st round of the 2009 draft, 17 rounds after the Pirates selected his Ole Miss teammate Nathan Baker.  Both starters began the 2011 season in high-A Bradenton, but it was Irwin who moved up to Altoona, after an impressive 2.03 ERA in 53.1 innings,...

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Three Hits For Presley And Two Scoreless Innings For Heilman In Tribe Loss

Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs  7,  Indianapolis Indians  6 [ box ] The Indians could not overcome a 4-run 6th inning by the Iron Pigs, as the Pigs won the final game of the season between these two teams at Victory Field tonight.  A 3-hit night by LF Alex Presley, and a pair of singles by 1B Matt Hague provided some offensive support for the Tribe, but it was not enough.  The newest member of the Tribe, reliever Aaron Heilman, made his...

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Altoona Curve Player Reports 8/23

The Altoona Curve split a double header with the Richmond Flying Squirrels tonight, losing game one 6-2, then winning game two 4-3.  Kyle McPherson started game one, and had a rough outing.  Aaron Pribanic started game two, striking out eight batters, but also getting hit around a bit.  Below are a few impressions from tonight’s games. Kyle McPherson Kyle McPherson had a rough first inning, giving up three of his four runs.  He...

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