Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 5/13/11

DAILY SUMMARY

Top Pitcher: Jared Hughes (7.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR)

Top Hitter: Chase d’Arnaud (3-for-4, 3B, 3 RBI, SB)

Home Runs: None

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA)

D'Arnaud went 3-for-4, with a triple and three RBIs.

Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 9, Columbus 5

Starting Pitcher: Brad Lincoln (7.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 0 HR)

Top Hitter: Chase d’Arnaud (3-for-4, 3B, 3 RBI, SB)

Notes: Brad Lincoln (3-3, 5.03) had his third strong start in a row, allowing two runs on six hits in seven innings, with two walks and four strikeouts.  In three starts this month, Lincoln has allowed five runs in 18 innings, with a 16:5 K/BB ratio, which is a big improvement on his 17 runs allowed in 21.1 innings in April, which also featured a 19:2 K/BB ratio.  Dan Meyer (6.35) allowed three runs on three hits in two innings.

Matt Hague (.296) went 3-for-5 with a double and three RBIs.  Chase d’Arnaud went 3-for-4 with a triple, three RBIs, and his sixth stolen base of the season.  D’Arnaud is 7-for-10 in his last three games, and coming in to tonight he was hitting for a .297/.341/.405 line in the month of May.  Andrew Lambo (.230) went 2-for-4 with a run.  Alex Presley (.353) went 2-for-5 with his tenth stolen base of the season.

ALTOONA CURVE (AA)

Hughes allowed one run in seven innings.

Box Score

Result: Altoona 6, Erie 2

Starting Pitcher: Jared Hughes (7.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR)

Top Hitter: Jeremy Farrell (2-for-4, 2 2B, 2 RBI)

Notes: Altoona got a lot of hitting from their offense tonight as five players recorded multiple hits.  Brock Holt (.294) went 2-for-4 with a double and a walk.  Starling Marte (.338) went 3-for-4 with a walk.  Eric Fryer (.311) went 2-for-3.  Jeremy Farrell (.321) went 2-for-4 with two doubles and two RBIs.  Tony Sanchez (.268) went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs.

Jared Hughes (2-1, 3.79) backed up the offense with seven strong innings, allowing a run on six hits, with a walk and three strikeouts.  Tim Alderson (0.98) pitched a perfect inning with a strikeout.  Noah Krol (4.20) allowed a run on three hits in an inning of work, with no walks and two strikeouts.

BRADENTON MARAUDERS (A+)

Baker continued to struggle this year.

Box Score

Result: Tampa 5, Bradenton 3

Starting Pitcher: Nathan Baker (6.0 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 0 HR)

Top Hitter: Elevys Gonzalez (3-for-4, 2B, SB)

Check out Terry Mathews’ game recap here.

Notes: Nathan Baker (2-2, 5.35) struggled, allowing four runs on six hits in six innings, with two walks and four strikeouts.  After allowing 15 runs in 44.2 innings in high-A during the 2010 season, Baker has started the 2011 season allowing 18 runs in 31 innings.  Duke Welker (3.68) allowed a run on a walk and a hit in two innings, with one strikeout.

Elevys Gonzalez (.350) went 3-for-4 with a double, a day after going 3-for-3.  Gonzalez also stole his third base of the year.  Carlos Paulino (.279) went 2-for-4 with two runs.  Kelson Brown (.216) went 2-for-3.

WEST VIRGINIA POWER (A)

Taillon allowed a run in four innings.

Box Score

Result: West Virginia 5, Kannapolis 2

Starting Pitcher: Jameson Taillon (4.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR)

Top Hitter: Mel Rojas Jr. (2-for-4, R, 3 SB)

Notes: Jameson Taillon (1.80) made his fourth start of the year, and continued living up to the hype, allowing one run on four hits in four innings, with a walk and three strikeouts.  On the season, Taillon has allowed three runs in 15 innings, with three walks and 14 strikeouts.  Tyler Waldron (4-1, 4.30) was activated from the disabled list today, and returned to pitch two shutout innings, allowing one hit and striking out one.  Zac Fuesser (1.27) pitched two shutout innings, allowing two hits, one walk, and striking out three.  Brooks Pounders (2.12) allowed one run on one hit, a solo homer, with no walks and two strikeouts.

Gift Ngoepe (.321) went 2-for-5 with an RBI.  Justin Howard (.289) went 2-for-4 with a run and a stolen base.  Mel Rojas Jr. (.288) went 2-for-4 with a run and three stolen bases, giving him nine on the year.  Andy Vasquez (.292) went 1-for-4 with a triple and three RBIs.

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