Two Homers By Harrison Aren’t Enough; Maggi Debuts

Early and late action for the Pirates’ lower minor league affiliates:

Portland Sea Dogs� 9,� Altoona Curve� 8 (box)

Two home runs by 3B Josh Harrison and an early lead from a 5-run 2nd inning were washed away by the Sea Dogs’ 6-run 7th inning this afternoon.� Harrison, the second batter of the game, put the Curve onto the scoreboard minutes after the game began with his solo home run over the left field wall.� He added the second home run (his 3rd of the season) in the next inning.� That rally began with back-to-back walks by RF Miles Durham and C Kris Watts. CF Anthony Norman was hit by a pitch to load the bases for LF Jose De Los Santos. A line drive single by De Los Santos brought in Durham, then a wild pitch let Watts score.� 2B Chase d’Arnaud lifted a sacrifice fly, which plated Norman.� That left De Los Santos on base for Harrison, who blasted his second home run, also over the left field wall, for a 2-run homer, giving the Curve a 6-0 lead.

Bryan Morris began his afternoon’s work by allowing only a walk and a single over the first three innings.� In the 4th, he gave up a single just over the head of SS Jordy Mercer and into left field, then a home run on a rising line drive, cutting the Curve’s lead to 6-2.� Those were the only runs Morris allowed, on 3 hits and a walk, with 4 strikeouts in 5 innings.

Morris was relieved by Tom Boleska to begin the 6th.� Boleska gave up a solo homer, to 1B Anthony Rizzo, inching the Sea Dogs closer, 6-3.� But the real trouble came in the 7th, when Boleska could not retire any of the 4 batters he faced.� The first blasted a solo home run, then the next three all singled.� Derek Hankins replaced Boleska with the bases loaded and no outs.� He got one out on the infield fly rule, then got former Curve Ray Chang to strike out.� That brought Rizzo to the plate again — and he smashed a grand slam over the center field wall, and Portland had a 7-6 lead.� The grand slam was immediately followed by another solo home run, the third homer of the inning, for an 8-6 lead.� Five of those runs were charged to Boleska, and the other two to Hankins.

The Curve put one runner on base in each of the 4th through 7th innings, but could not get any of them around to score.� They rallied again in the 8th, starting with a single by 1B Matt� Hague and a double by Jordy Mercer, moving Hague to third base.� Miles Durham’s sacrifice fly brought in Hague, and Kris Watts’ double scored Mercer.� Norman was hit by a pitch and De Los Santos singled to deep short to load the bases.� But a grounder force out ended the inning with the Curve still one run short.� They went down in order in the 9th, and the Sea Dogs had the come-from-behind win.� Morris did not figure into the decision, but Boleska took the loss.

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Draft Pick Signings

The final list of the Pirates’ 2010 draft pick and which ones have signed.� As expected, first-round pick Jameson Taillon and second-round pick Stetson Alllie both signed on the final day, though they didn’t wait until the last possible second like what happened a couple of years ago.

A total of 27 signed out of 50, by my count.

(+ denotes draftees who have just graduated from high school)

1. RHP Jameson “Jamo” Taillon �+��� SIGNED 8/16

2. RHP Stetson Allie �+����� SIGNED� 8/16

3. CF Mel Rojas Jr. — SIGNED 7/15

4. RHP Nicholas Kingman +� –SIGNED� 8/9

5. RHP Tyler Waldron �– SIGNED �6/18

6. RHP Jason Hursch +

7. RHP Austin Kubitza +

8. RHP Dace Kime +

9. RHP Brandon Cumpton — SIGNED 8/9

10. RHP Zachary Weiss +

11. LF Daniel Grovatt — SIGNED 8/13

12. RHP Vincent Payne �– �SIGNED 6/18

13. LHP Christopher Kirsch +

14. RHP Bruce Weidman �– SIGNED 6/21

15. SS Andrew Maggi� — SIGNED 8/16

16. 1B Matthew Curry — SIGNED �7/2

17. RHP Ryan Hafner + — SIGNED 8/9

18. OF Chase Wentz

19. LHP Kent Emanuel +

20. OF Justin Bencsko — SIGNED �6/15

21. CF Dale Carey +

22. 2B Adalberto Santos �– SIGNED 6/20

23. 1B Jared Lakind +� –SIGNED 8/16

24. 1B Justin Howard — SIGNED 6/25

25. RHP Casey Sadler �– SIGNED 6/28

26. RHP Brandon Pierce +

27. RHP Kevin Kleis� – SIGNED 7/9

28. SS Zackary Powers +

29. RHP Garret Levsen +

30. C Matt Skirving — SIGNED 6/15

31. RHP Jason Townsend — SIGNED 6/28

32. IF Chase Lyles — SIGNED 6/15

33. LHP Justin Ennis — SIGNED 6/15

34. SS Kelson Brown — SIGNED 6/15

35. CF Andrew Muren

36. RHP James Archibald — SIGNED 6/28

37. C William Allen +

38. RHP Alex Cox +

39. RHP Kevin Decker — SIGNED 6/10

40. RHP Harrison Cooney +

41. RHP Bryton Trepagnier + �–SIGNED 7/5

42. LHP Stephen Lumpkins

43. RHP Garrett Hicks +

44. RHP Cory McGinnis

45. RHP Connor Sadzeck +

46. C Ryan Wiggins +

47. CF Nathan Sorenson +

48. LHP Dillon Haviland +

49. RHP Logan Pevny +� – SIGNED� 7/9

50. RHP Dusty Isaacs +

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Draft Days– The Whole List

Draft days…. we all know the results of Round One: �Jameson “Jamo” Taillon, a high school pitcher from Houston was the first selection, and second over-all pick, by the Piratres. �Check out more info on Taillon from Chuck Finder and Colin Dunlap of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette., �and another from a few days ago by Chuck Finder.

Taillon is a righty pitcher from The Woodlands High School, 6′ 6 1/2″ and 220 pounds. �He has lit up the radar at 98 mph, though usually is mid-to-high 90’s. �This season, Taillon has pitched 62.2 innings and earned a 8-1 record and a 1.79 ERA with 21 walks and 114 strikeouts. �That’s almost 2 strikeouts per inning. �He uses a fastball, curve, slider, and sometimes a change-up. �He has a scholarship to Rice University…. he’ll have to be lured away. � …. 7th round pick Austin Kubitza has also committed to Rice.

The second round pick, Stetson Allie, is another right-handed pitcher from the Cleveland area, where he attended St. Edward’s High School. �Allie is reported to have superior arm strength, and can also get into the upper 90’s, but he has not always been able to go deep into games.

Pick number three is outfielder�Mel Rojas Jr, son of former MLB pitcher Mel Rojas. � He comes from a junior college, Wabash Valley College, in Illinois.

So, here’s the entire list:

1. �RHP Jameson “Jamo” Taillon – The Woodlands HS, Houston, TX

2. �RHP Stetson Allie – St. Edwards HS, Cleveland, OH

3. CF Mel Rojas Jr – Wabash Valley College, Mt. Carmel, IL — J2

4. RHP Nicholas Kingman — Sierra Vista HS, Las Vegas, NV

5. RHP Tyler Waldron — Oregon State, �(California) �– �Jr

6. RHP Jason Hursch – Trinity Christian Acadamy (HS), TX

7. RHP Austin Kubitza — Heritage HS, TX

8. �RHP Dace Kime – Defiance Senior HS, Cleveland area, OH

9. RHP Brandon Cumpton — Georgia Tech — Jr

10. RHP Zachary Weiss – Northwood HS, CA

11. LF Daniel Grovatt — U Virginia — Jr

12. RHP Vincent Payne — Cypress College, CA — J1

13. �LHP Christopher Kirsch — Marple Newtown HS, PA

14. RHP Bruce Weidman — Southwestern Oregon CommColl �– J1

15. SS Andrew Maggi — Arizona State — So

16. 1B Matthew Curry – Texas Christian U — Sr

17. �RHP Ryan Hafner — Lee’s Summit West HS, MO

18. OF Chase Wentz – Louisiana St. U Shreveport — Jr

19. LHP Kent Emanuel – Woodstock HS, GA

20. OF Justin Bencsko – Villanova U — Sr

21. CF Dale Carey – Wheeler HS, GA

22. 2B Adalberto Santos – Oregon State — Sr

23. 1B Jared Lakind – Cypress Woods HS, TX

24. 1B Justin Howard – New Mexico — Sr

25. RHP Casey Sadler – Western Oklahoma State College — J2

26. RHP Brandon Pierce — Gunter HS, TX

27. RHP Kevin Kleis – Grossmont College — J1

28. SS Zackary Powers – Armwood HS, FL

29. RHP Garret Levsen – Sonora HS, CA

30. C Matthew Skirving – Eastern Michigan U — Jr

31. RHP Jason Townsend – U Alabama Tuscaloosa — Jr

32. IF Chase Lyles – Northwestern St. U — 5S

33. LHP Justin Ennis – Louisiana St. U Shreveport — Jr

34. SS Kelson Brown – Linfield College — Sr

35. CF Andrew Muren – Cal State Northridge — Jr

36. RHP James Archibald – McLennan Comm Coll — J1

37. C William Allen – Buchholz HS, FL

38. RHP Alex Cox – Santiago HS, CA

39. RHP Kevin Decker – Coll of Charleston — Sr

40. RHP Harrison Cooney – Vero Beach Senior HS, FL

41. RHP Bryton Trepagnier — East St. John HS, LA

42. LHP Stephen Lumpkins – American U — SO

43. RHP Garrett Hicks – Yucaipa HS, CA

44. RHP Cory McGinnis – Shelton State Coll — J1

45. RHP Connor Sadzeck – Crystal Lake Central HS, IL

46. C Ryan Wiggins – West Seattle HS, WA

47. CF Nathan Sorenson – Texas HS, TX

48. LHP Dillon Haviland – South Fayette HS, PA

49. RHP Logan Pevny – West Milford HS, NJ

50. RHP Dusty Isaacs – �Lebanon HS, OH

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