Minor League Schedule: 4/28/12

Altoona plays an early afternoon game today. Tim Williams will be in Durham covering the Indianapolis game tonight. West Virginia is facing strong pitching in Adam Conley today, a 2011 2nd round pick, who has a 0.90 ERA with 23 strikeouts and just nine hits allowed in 20 innings this year. A full recap of yesterday’s games can be found here. Triple-A: Indianapolis (10-10) @ Durham (6-16) 5:05pm Probable starter: Rudy Owens (0-0 2.84)...

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Minor League Schedule: 4/22/12

Altoona was rained out last night. The game will be made up on May 5th as part of a doubleheader. Just a note on the short-season leagues. The Dominican Summer League begins play on June 2nd, the Pirates will have two teams in that league this year. Both State College and the Pirates Gulf Coast League team start their season on June 18th. A full recap of yesterday’s games can be found here. Triple-A: Indianapolis (7-8) @ Louisville...

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Minor League Schedule: 4/17/12

Two top ranked Pirates pitchers make starts tonight. Justin Wilson, ranked 14th overall in the Pirates system, goes for Indianapolis, while Colton Cain (ranked 12th) gets the start for Bradenton. Indianapolis begins a four game series at home against Columbus tonight. Two of the games will be early starts, including a morning start time on Thursday. A full recap of yesterday’s games can be found here. Triple-A: Indianapolis (5-6) VS...

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Minor League Schedule: 4/12/12

Altoona was rained out last night. The game against Akron will be made up on June 23rd as part of a doubleheader. The Curve now go on the road for the first time this season, starting a four game series in Richmond. Two top ranked pitching prospects make starts today. Jeff Locke, ranked 11th overall in the 2012 Prospect Guide and Colton Cain ranked 12th, each get their second start of the season. Indianapolis plays a late morning game...

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Leach’s First Win In Marauders’ Hit-Fest

The Pirates have signed 23rd round draft pick RHP Jordan Cooper to a contract.  He had been a pitcher for Kentucky, and that experience might get him a start at State College.  Here is a list of all the 2011 draft picks, with notations for which ones have signed.  

Friday’s game action:

Harrisburg Senators  2,  Altoona Curve  0
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A 2-run homer in the bottom of the 10th broke the scoreless tie for the only scoring in this pitching duel.  Jeff Locke pitched 6 scoreless frames for the Curve, scattering 3 singles and a walk over his first 3 innings.  The he retired the Senators in order for the next 3 innings.  He threw 78 pitches (48 strikes) in those 6 innings.  Bryan Morris pitched a scoreless 7th, allowing just a single.  That base runner moved to second base on a balk, which started an argument by Altoona manager PJ Forbes — and resulted in Forbes being ejected. Michael Dubee, back with the Curve after some time with Indianapolis, gave up a lone single in the 8th, and Noah Krol allowed a single and a walk in the 9th, but both kept the Senators from scoring.

But the Curve weren’t scoring either.  They pounded out 7 hits, including two by SS Jordy Mercer.  Mercer’s triple i n the 7th was the only extra-base hit for the Curve, and the only time that a Curve base runner reached as far as third base.  RF Andrew Lambo also walked twice.  CF Starling Marte opened the game with a single, but was thrown out at second after Mercer’s strikeout.  1B Matt Curry and LF Brad Chalk both singled in the 2nd, but Curry was picked off second base, and Chalk was thrown out trying to steal second.  2B Brock Holt singled in the 4th, and pinch-hitter Anthony Norman singled in the 10th and stole second base.  

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