Pimentel struggles but bats rescue Curve in 9-8 victory

Two major stories coming out of Altoona this season have been how good pitcher Stolmy Pimentel has been and how poorly the offense has swung the bat.  Tonight, those stories were switched, with the line-up leading the way on a night when Pimentel struggled for the first time in 2013.  The Curve beat the Richmond Squirrels 9-8, gathering 15 hits and taking advantage of three Richmond errors to score four unearned runs.  Andrew Lambo,...

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Prospect Watch: Lambo Hits For The Cycle

Top Pitcher: Andy Oliver, Top Hitter: Andrew Lambo, Home Runs: Jordy Mercer, Andrew Lambo, Max Moroff

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Prospect Notebook: New Focus on the Running Game Extends to the Minors

It seems like there have been daily reports out of major league camp about how the Pittsburgh Pirates pitchers are focusing more on controlling the running game this year. After every caught stealing or pick off, the topic is brought up, and the answer usually given is that the importance of keeping runners in check has been stressed over and over to the pitchers. In 2012 we saw the Pirates go a little overboard with their focus of...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2012 Mid-Season Top 20 Prospects

Now that the 2012 Draft is over, it’s time to update the Pittsburgh Pirates top 20 prospect rankings. This update not only takes in to consideration where the new draft picks fall in to the system, but where the current players rank after two months in the 2012 season. I put a focus on the tiered rankings, as they give a better indication of the talent levels of each player, and where the drop offs in the top 20 are. At the...

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Prospect Notebook: Taillon Reducing Drop In His Delivery

Jameson Taillon made his pro debut last year in West Virginia, throwing 92.2 innings in his rookie season. The second overall pick of the 2010 draft had decent numbers, with a 3.98 ERA, a 9.4 K/9, and a 2.1 BB/9 ratio, but he wasn’t exactly dominating hitters. In two starts so far with Bradenton this year, Taillon has been dominant, putting up a 3.12 ERA and a 12:2 K/BB ratio in 8.2 innings. Coming in to his second year as a...

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