Owens, Curve Catch Some Bad Breaks

You always hear the expression “he only threw one bad pitch” when a pitcher throws an excellent game, with his only blemish being a home run.  The problem with this phrase is that the pitcher probably threw a lot of bad pitches, but he only paid for one of them.  That wasn’t the case with Altoona Curve starter Rudy Owens tonight, as Altoona fell to Richmond 4-1. Owens was spectacular, with excellent control and...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 7/28/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA) GAME STORY Indianapolis beat Syracuse 7-5.  Michael Crotta pitched 7.2 innings, allowing four runs, three earned, on six hits, with a walk and six strikeouts.  Derek Hankins made his AAA debut, allowing a run on one hit, a solo homer, before getting the final out in the eighth.  Hankins allowed the only inherited runner on base to score on the homer, blowing the save, but got the win thanks to two runs from...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 7/23/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA) Indianapolis beat Charlotte 17-11.  Michael Crotta pitched 5.1 innings, allowing five runs on 11 hits, with a walk and five strikeouts.  Justin Thomas pitched one inning, allowing two runs on a walk and a hit.  Daniel Moskos pitched 1.2 innings, allowing two runs on three hits, with two walks and three strikeouts.  Jean Machi allowed two runs on two hits and a walk in an inning of work. Brandon Moss went...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 7/18/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA) Indianapolis beat Rochester 4-3.  Michael Crotta pitched five innings, allowing three runs on eight hits, with a walk and three strikeouts.  Steven Jackson pitched two perfect innings with two strikeouts.  Daniel Moskos pitched a perfect inning in relief, followed by a perfect inning from Jean Machi for the save. Jonathan Van Every went 2-for-4 with a homer, a double, and three RBIs....

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 7/17/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA) Indianapolis beat Rochester 10-7.  Charlie Morton pitched 5.1 innings, allowing five runs, four earned, on 11 hits, with two walks, two strikeouts, and two homers.  Jeremy Powell pitched 1.2 innings, allowing a run on two hits.  Justin Thomas allowed a run on a walk and a hit in 0.2 innings.  Wilfredo Ledezma pitched 1.1 shutout innings, allowing two hits and striking out three. Brandon...

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