Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 6/5/11

DAILY SUMMARY

Top Pitcher: Rudy Owens (5.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR)

Top Hitter: Jordy Mercer (2-for-4, 2 HR, 3 RBI)

Home Runs: Eric Fryer (1), Miles Durham (1), Jordy Mercer 2 (10), Kris Watts (2)

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA)

Owens allowed a run in 5.2 innings.

Game One Box Score

Game Two Box Score

Result: Syracuse 6, Indianapolis 4; Indianapolis 7, Syracuse 2

Starting Pitcher: Sean Gallagher (5.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 0 HR); Rudy Owens (5.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR)

Top Hitter: Matt Hague (5-for-8, 2B, BB, SB)

Notes: Indianapolis resumed their suspended game from yesterday, losing to Syracuse 6-4.  Sean Gallagher (6.49) allowed one run on four hits in five innings, with a walk and five strikeouts.  Chris Leroux (2-2, 4.70) took the loss, allowing two runs on two hits in 1.1 innings.  Matt Hague (.310) went 2-for-5 with a double and a stolen base.  Chase d’Arnaud (.275) went 2-for-5 with a triple, a stolen base, and an RBI.  Brian Friday (.231) went 2-for-4 with a walk, a double, and an RBI.

The Indians played their regularly scheduled game and won 7-2.  Rudy Owens (5-4, 4.65) pitched 5.2 innings, allowing two runs, one earned, on five hits, with a walk and a strikeout.  Owens has had three or fewer strikeouts in each of his last eight appearances.  Tony Watson (2.45) pitched 1.1 shutout innings, allowing two walks.  Anthony Claggett (0.00) closed it out with two shutout innings.

Matt Hague went 3-for-3 with a walk.  Eric Fryer (.190) went 2-for-4 with a homer.  Miles Durham (.238) went 2-for-4 with a triple and a homer, plus two RBIs.  Andrew Lambo (.212) went 2-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI.

ALTOONA CURVE (AA)

Mercer went 2-for-4 with two homers.

Box Score

Result: Portland 12, Altoona 4

Starting Pitcher: Aaron Pribanic (5.0 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 0 HR)

Top Hitter: Jordy Mercer (2-for-4, 2 HR, 3 RBI)

Notes: Aaron Pribanic (5-3, 2.81) allowed five runs on eight hits in five innings, with two walks and four strikeouts.  Aaron Thompson (4.82) pitched a shutout inning in relief.  Donald Veal (27.00) was moved up to Altoona today, and allowed three runs in one inning, with two homers doing the damage.  Diego Moreno (7.94) allowed four runs on five hits in one inning.

Jordy Mercer (.261) went 2-for-4 with two homers and three RBIs.  Kris Watts (.259) went 3-for-4 with a homer.  Starling Marte (.321) went 1-for-4 with a double and a run.

BRADENTON MARAUDERS (A+)

McPherson allowed a run in four innings.

Box Score

Result: Charlotte 6, Bradenton 1

Starting Pitcher: Kyle McPherson (4.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 0 HR)

Top Hitter: Aaron Baker (2-for-3, 2B, RBI, BB)

Notes: Kyle McPherson (2.89) pitched four innings, allowing a run on four hits, with no walks and five strikeouts.  Brett Sinkbeil (0-2, 5.00) allowed a run on two hits in three innings.  Ryan Beckman (5.17) allowed four runs on four hits in an inning of work.

Aaron Baker (.281) went 2-for-3 with a double and a walk.  Benji Gonzalez (.268) went 2-for-3.  Robbie Grossman (.268) went 1-for-4 with a run.

WEST VIRGINIA POWER (A)

Cain allowed five runs, but only two earned.

Box Score

Result: Delmarva 5, West Virginia 3

Starting Pitcher: Colton Cain (6.0 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 2 HR)

Top Hitter: Elias Diaz (3-for-3, 2B, 3B, BB, RBI)

Notes: Colton Cain (4-5, 3.38) was hurt by poor defense, and home runs.  He allowed five runs, two earned, on five hits in six innings, with a walk, two strikeouts, and two homers.  Victor Black (0.00) pitched two perfect innings, striking out one.  Brooks Pounders (2.39) pitched a perfect inning with one strikeout.

Elias Diaz (.206) got three of the four West Virginia hits, going 3-for-3 with a walk, a double, and a triple.  Eric Avila (.214) got the only other hit, going 1-for-4 with a double.

DSL Pirates (RK)

The DSL Pirates were off today.

VSL Pirates (RK)

The VSL Pirates were off today.

Tim started Pirates Prospects in 2009 from his home in Virginia, which was 40 minutes from where Pedro Alvarez made his pro debut in Lynchburg. That year, the Lynchburg Hillcats won the Carolina League championship, and Pirates Prospects was born from Tim's reporting along the way. The site has grown over the years to include many more writers, and Tim has gone on to become a credentialed MLB reporter, producing Pirates Prospects each year, and will publish his 11th Prospect Guide this offseason. He has also served as the Pittsburgh Pirates correspondent for Baseball America since 2019. Behind the scenes, Tim is an avid music lover, and most of the money he gets paid to run this site goes to vinyl records.

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