Former Pirates Draft Pick Leads Brewers Affiliate in One Hitter Over Marauders

The struggles against the Milwaukee Brewers aren’t just for the major league level. On Wednesday the Bradenton Marauders, the high-A affiliate for the Pirates, went up against the Brevard County Manatees, the high-A affiliate for the Milwaukee Brewers. The Manatees had Drew Gagnon on the mound, who was an unsigned prep pitcher taken by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 10th round of the 2008 draft. After three years at Long Beach...

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Curve shutout by Aeros as bats go quiet

The Altoona Curve fell to the Akron Aeros tonight 5-0 at People’s Natural Gas field.  For the second night in a row, the team struggled at the plate, registering only four hits, all singles.  Right-hander David Bromberg got the start, giving up three earned runs over six innings, and the Curve ran themselves out of potential run scoring situations by getting pick off three times.  The few highlights were defensive, including some good...

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Matt Benedict Pitches Great but Gets No Run Support in Bradenton Loss

Matt Benedict had his best start in a Bradenton Marauders uniform tonight. Unfortunately, he received zero run support. The sinkerball pitcher was a ground ball machine against the Jupiter Hammerheads. He had a 13:3 groundout to airout ratio on the night, and also had a ground ball that went for a single and another that went for an error. Benedict was going heavy with his sinker tonight. He threw the pitch 77% of the time, only...

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Marauders Win Fourth in a Row Thanks to Big Nights From Osuna, Kingham

The Bradenton Marauders didn’t get their fourth walk-off win in a row, but they did get their fourth win in a row. It wasn’t as dramatic as the last few games, with Bradenton taking an early lead and holding that lead through the end of the game. Nick Kingham got off to a rough start in the first inning, giving up two runs on three hits. He was up in the zone, and wasn’t executing his pitches when he got into two...

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Castro Sharp in West Virginia Win

Orlando Castro had another solid outing for West Virginia on Sunday, getting the win in the Power’s 11-2 win against visiting Hagerstown at Appalachian Power Park in Charleston, W.Va. Castro (2-1) went five innings, allowing two runs on six hits while strikeout three and allowing one walk (his first of the season). Castro did well in using his fastball to get ahead of the Hagerstown batters and being aggressive once ahead in the...

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Video Breakdown: Another promising start for Pimentel

Stolmy Pimentel came to the Pirates organization this off-season in the Joel Hanrahan trade with lots of question marks. Not long ago, he was a highly regarded pitching prospect. Then the Double-A Eastern League happened, with Pimentel posting a 9.12 and 4.59 ERA in 2011 and 2012 respectively. Now on his third tour of the league with Altoona, Pimentel is pitching a lot better, and on Thursday night had has third consecutive good start...

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