Bad inning from Alderson costs Altoona the win

Tonight was the first opportunity I had to see Tim Alderson pitch.  Heading in to the season I had Alderson as the number four prospect on my top 50 prospects list, based off of reputation and his numbers prior to his 2009 struggles after the trade to the Pirates.  I don’t make it a habit of taking too much away from one outing, but based on Alderson’s struggles this year, his reported dip in velocity, and what I...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 5/11/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA) Indianapolis lost 7-5 in 10 innings against Rochester.  Hayden Penn got the start, and had a decent outing.  Penn pitched six innings, allowing three runs on eight hits, with no walks and six strikeouts.  Steven Jackson allowed one run in two innings of relief work.  Vinnie Chulk pitched a perfect inning in relief to send the game to extra innings.  Jean Machi got the loss, allowing...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 5/9/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA) Indianapolis beat Buffalo 5-4.  Jeremy Powell got the start, going six innings and allowing three runs, one earned, on ten hits, with a walk and two strikeouts.  Justin Thomas pitched a shutout inning, allowing a walk and a hit.  Wilfredo Ledezma also pitched a shutout inning in relief, with a walk and a strikeout.  Jean Machi got his fourth save of the year, with two strikeouts in an...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 5/5/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA) Indianapolis was off today. ALTOONA CURVE (AA) Altoona beat Richmond 5-2 thanks to a big night from Hector Gimenez.  Gimenez went 4-for-4 with two homers and three RBIs.  Matt Hague went 2-for-3 with a walk.  Gorkys Hernandez went 2-for-4 with a run.  Chase d’Arnaud went 1-for-5 with a double and a run. Ross Ohlendorf made a rehab start for Altoona.  Ohlendorf went four shutout...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 5/4/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA) Indianapolis lost 3-1 to Lehigh Valley.  Daniel McCutchen made the start, allowing three runs on seven hits in six innings of work, with no walks and three strikeouts.  Justin Thomas pitched a perfect inning in relief, followed by a shutout inning by Steven Jackson, with Jackson allowing three walks. The Indianapolis offense was very quiet today.  Jose Tabata went 2-for-3 with a walk and the...

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