Burres Pitches 8 Shutout Inning For Indians

Indianapolis Indians  2,  Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs  0 [ box ] Brian Burres earned his 5th win of the season tonight, but his first of the season at Victory Field, as the Indians beat the Iron Pigs, despite being out-hit 6-5. Burres came into the game with a 4-9 record, but just happened to have earned all  four of those wins on the road.  He pitched a season-high 8 shutout innings and struck out a season-best 9 batters to earn that...

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Presley And Bowker Lead Indians To Snap Losing Streak

Indianapolis Indians  3,  Louisville Bats  2 [ box ] Seven hits, including 4 doubles, from LF Alex Presley and RF John Bowker, plus 10 innings and a throwing error, and the Indians snapped their 5-game losing streak with a win over the Louisville Bats at Victory Field tonight.  Presley and Bowker scored all of the Indians’ runs, and they took care of most of the team’s 11 hits.  The win puts the Indians back into a tie...

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After the Draft: Pittsburgh Pirates Top 10 Prospects

Last night the Pittsburgh Pirates made two big splashes, adding right handed pitcher Gerrit Cole and outfielder Josh Bell to the system before the draft signing deadline.  The addition of Cole was expected, although many felt that Bell was an impossible sign.  I already have talked about how the additions could possibly boost the Pirates up as one of the top farm systems in the league, based on top talents alone.  But what about the...

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Bats’ 9th-Inning Rally Spoils Tribe Pitchers’ Afternoon

Louisville Bats  2,  Indianapolis Indians  1 [ box ] A 9th-inning rally by the Bats, aided by a wild pitch, gave Louisville a walk-off win over the Indians at Louisville Slugger Park this afternoon on the Ohio River.  The Bats put up only 3 hits, but the critical one was the 2-RBI single in the bottom of the 9th by 1B Mike Costanzo. New Indian Aaron Thompson, recently promoted from AA Altoona, made the start for the Indians, in what...

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The Future of the Bullpen Looks Good

One of the strengths to the 2011 Pittsburgh Pirates has been their bullpen.  The bullpen has combined for a 3.43 ERA this year, which ranks 10th in the majors, and sixth in the National League.  The Pirates are anchored by one of the best closers in the game, Joel Hanrahan.  They’ve got two capable set up men in Chris Resop and Jose Veras.  Both have put up dominant strikeout numbers this year, and have held down the late...

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