Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 4/29/11

DAILY SUMMARY

Top Pitcher: Aaron Pribanic (5.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR)

Top Hitter: Robbie Grossman (2-for-5, HR, 2 RBI)

Home Runs: Robbie Grossman 2), Jarek Cunningham (7)

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA)

Ciriaco went 2-for-4.

Box Score

Result: Norfolk 11, Indianapolis 3

Starting Pitcher: Brian Burres (4.0 IP, 9 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 2 HR)

Top Hitter: Pedro Ciriaco (2-for-4, R)

Notes: Brian Burres (0-4, 6.39) had a rough start, allowing seven runs on nine hits in four innings, with two walks and three strikeouts.  Garrett Olson (4.05) allowed three runs on four hits in 2.2 innings.  Tony Watson (2.70) finished off the game, allowing one unearned run on one hit in 2.1 innings, with two walks and two strikeouts.

Pedro Ciriaco (.139) went 2-for-4 with a run scored, and was the only Indians hitter with multiple hits.  Brian Friday (.238) went 1-for-4 with a double and two RBIs.  Jason Jaramillo (.300) went 1-for-4 with a double.  Chase d’Arnaud (.228) went 1-for-3 with a walk, an RBI, and a stolen base.

ALTOONA CURVE (AA)

Pribanic pitched five shutout innings tonight.

Box Score

Result: Altoona 8, Erie 6

Starting Pitcher: Aaron Pribanic (5.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR)

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

Notes: Altoona got another good start from Aaron Pribanic (2-0, 1.50), who pitched five shutout innings, allowing four hits, one walk, and striking out two.  Brian Leach (3.86) allowed two runs on two walks and two hits in two innings.  Tom Boleska (3.27) had his worst outing of the year, allowing four runs on three walks and a hit, getting just one out.  Three of those runs came in under the watch of Noah Krol (3.97), who picked up the save with 1.2 shutout innings.

Altoona’s offense made up for the bullpen struggles tonight.  Jordy Mercer (.162) went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs.  Jeremy Farrell (.333) went 2-for-3 with a walk.  Quincy Latimore (.257) went 2-for-4 with two runs scored.  Brad Chalk (.208) went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs.  Tony Sanchez (.276) went 1-for-2 with two RBIs and a walk.

BRADENTON MARAUDERS (A+)

Grossman went 3-for-5 with a homer.

Box Score

Result: St. Lucie 6, Bradenton 5

Starting Pitcher: Quinton Miller (5.0 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR)

Top Hitter: Robbie Grossman (2-for-5, HR, 2 RBI)

Notes: Quinton Miller (8.84) continued his struggles today, allowing four runs on seven hits in five innings.  Jason Erickson (5.14) added a run on two hits in one inning.  Porfirio Lopez (6.23) pitched two shutout innings, allowing one hit and striking out three.  Diego Moreno (0-1, 4.00) got the loss, allowing one run on two hits in the ninth.

Robbie Grossman (.300) led the offense, going 3-for-5 with a homer and two RBIs.  Jarek Cunningham (.278) hit his seventh homer of the year, going 1-for-5.  Aaron Baker (.333) went 2-for-5 with a double.  Adalberto Santos (.326) went 2-for-4 with a double.  Benji Gonzalez (.279) went 2-for-4 with a triple and two RBIs.

WEST VIRGINIA POWER (A)

Von Rosenberg allowed three runs on six hits.

Box Score

Result: Hagerstown 3, West Virginia 1

Starting Pitcher: Zack Von Rosenberg (6.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 HR)

Top Hitter: Rogelios Noris (1-for-3, 2B)

Notes: Zack Von Rosenberg (0-1, 6.41) pitched six innings, allowing three runs on four hits, with two walks and three strikeouts.  Kevin Decker (2.51) pitched two shutout innings, allowing three hits, one walk, and striking out one.  Zach Foster (5.73) pitched a shutout inning, allowing a walk and a hit.

The West Virginia offense was held to just two hits.  Gift Ngoepe (.269) went 1-for-4 with two stolen bases.  Rogelios Noris (.225) went 1-for-3 with a double.  Dan Grovatt (.280) and Mel Rojas Jr. (.240) each drew a walk, with Rojas stealing his fifth base of the year.

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