GCL Notes: First Looks at Pitchers Billy Roth and Yhonathan Barrios
Aug20

GCL Notes: First Looks at Pitchers Billy Roth and Yhonathan Barrios

The Pittsburgh Pirates took right-handed pitcher Billy Roth in the 16th round of the 2013 draft, giving him a $190,000 bonus, which amounted to $90,000 against the draft pool. Roth was a highly rated prep pitching prospect with a clean delivery, a fastball that could touch 92 MPH, and a sharp breaking ball. Coming into today’s start he had a 1.50 ERA in 12 innings on the season. Today was the first time I had a chance to see...

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Justin Howard Homers Again in Altoona Curve Loss
Aug12

Justin Howard Homers Again in Altoona Curve Loss

For the second consecutive night Justin Howard hit  a solo home-run to give the Altoona Curve a lead. The Curve were unable to hold on as the Senators came roaring back to win the game 5-3. The Curve not only lost the series against the Senators but this also marks the third straight series loss for the club. Harrisburg got off to a quick start against Curve lefty Eliecer Navarro in the first inning. A combination of hard hit balls...

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West Virginia Loses Series Finale Despite Fine Outing By Kyle Haynes
Aug11

West Virginia Loses Series Finale Despite Fine Outing By Kyle Haynes

West Virginia came into Sunday’s game against the Lakewood BlueClaws with a 20-3 record in the season series. They also took the first three games of the current series and went with reliever-turned-starter, Kyle Haynes for the last game. Haynes had shut down Lakewood over four innings on August 1st and in his four starts coming into tonight, he had a 1.15 ERA in 15.2 innings, with 23 strikeouts. He pitched well tonight, going a...

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Howard’s Homer, Cunningham’s Clutch Hitting Lead Curve Over The Senators
Aug11

Howard’s Homer, Cunningham’s Clutch Hitting Lead Curve Over The Senators

Justin Howard launched the game winning home run in the bottom of the 8th inning that sent the Altoona Curve home victorious over the Harrisburg Senators. Howard’s blast was one of many key hits that helped the Curve even the weekend series. In the first inning the potentially lethal combination of Alen Hanson and Gregory Polanco combined to give the Curve a 1-0 lead. Hanson walked and drew the attention of Senators pitcher Matt...

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Clay Holmes Throws Six Shutout Innings, Josh Bell Homers
Aug10

Clay Holmes Throws Six Shutout Innings, Josh Bell Homers

The West Virginia Power won 5-2 on Saturday night over the Lakewood BlueClaws, taking the first three games of the four game series. It is also the 20th time in 23 games this season that the Power have defeated Lakewood. Clay Holmes got the start and threw six shutout innings, scattering seven hits. He showed impressive control by not issuing a walk for the first time all season. Josh Bell hit his tenth home run of the season, a solo...

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West Virginia Drops Lakewood For 19th Time; Barnes Likely Out For the Year
Aug09

West Virginia Drops Lakewood For 19th Time; Barnes Likely Out For the Year

The West Virginia Power took on the Lakewood BlueClaws in game two of a four game series in Lakewood. After winning the opener behind strong pitching from Luis Heredia, the Power won 3-1 to move their record on the season to 19-3 against the BlueClaws. West Virginia put two on the board in the first inning on a single by Eric Wood that scored Chris Diaz and Dilson Herrera. They didn’t score again until the ninth, with Josh Bell...

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