Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 5/9/11

DAILY SUMMARY

Top Pitcher: Brandon Cumpton (5.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 0 HR)

Top Hitter: Andrew Lambo (2-for-3, HR, 3 RBI)

Home Runs: John Bowker (1), Andrew Lambo (2), Jeremy Farrell (3)

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA)

Lambo went 2-for-3 with a homer.

Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 7, Durham 5

Starting Pitcher: Jose Ascanio (1.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR)

Top Hitter: Andrew Lambo (2-for-3, HR, 3 RBI)

Notes: Indianapolis got a group effort from their bullpen today, as six relievers combined to pitch all nine innings.  Jose Ascanio (8.59) pitched an inning, allowing two runs, one earned, on two hits, with a walk and two strikeouts.  Dan Meyer (4.82) allowed two runs on four hits in two innings.  Garrett Olson (3.09) picked up the win, pitching three shutout innings.  Tony Watson (2.55) pitched 1.2 perfect innings with two strikeouts, and Tim Wood (4.72) closed it out, allowing a run on two hits in an inning of work.

Andrew Lambo (.220) came up big in the seventh inning, hitting a two run homer to tie the game for Indianapolis.  Lambo came through again in the eighth, with an RBI single that increased the Indianapolis lead.  John Bowker (.375) also homered, going 2-for-3 on the day with two RBIs.

ALTOONA CURVE (AA)

Farrell went 2-for-4 with a homer.

Box Score

Result: Harrisburg 3, Altoona 2

Starting Pitcher: Mike Colla (5.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 1 HR)

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

Notes: Mike Colla (3.52) continued his impressive campaign as a starter, filling in for Bryan Morris once again tonight.  Colla allowed one run on three hits in five innings, with two walks and five strikeouts.  In three starts this year he has a 3.21 ERA in 14 innings, with a 13:4 K/BB ratio.  Tim Alderson (1.10) added a perfect inning with two strikeouts.  Chris Leroux (4.50) allowed a run on two hits in two innings.  Noah Krol (3.86) took the loss, allowing a run on three walks.

Altoona’s offense came from Jeremy Farrell (.351), who went 2-for-4 with a double, a homer, and both RBIs.  Quincy Latimore (.221) went 1-for-4 with a run scored.  Starling Marte (.313) also went 1-for-4.

BRADENTON MARAUDERS (A+)

Bradenton was off today.

WEST VIRGINIA POWER (A)

Cumpton allowed one run in 5.2 innings.

Box Score

Result: West Virginia 6, Charleston 2

Starting Pitcher: Brandon Cumpton (5.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 0 HR)

Top Hitter: Drew Maggi (2-for-3, 2B, BB, SB)

Notes: Brandon Cumpton (2-3, 8.51) had another good outing tonight, allowing one run on three hits in 5.2 innings, with two walks and five strikeouts.  Cumpton has made six appearances this year, and has been a completely different pitcher in the last three outings.  In his first three starts, he allowed 21 runs, all earned, in 10.2 innings, with a 6:6 K/BB ratio.  In his last three appearances, two starts and one relief appearance, he has allowed two earned runs in 13.2 innings, with a 13:3 K/BB ratio.  Zac Fuesser (1.40) pitched 1.1 shutout innings, allowing two walks and striking out one.  Zach Foster (6.00) allowed a run in two innings.

Drew Maggi (.188) went 2-for-3 with a double, a walk, and his fifth stolen base of the season.  Daniel Grovatt (.288) went 1-for-4 with a stolen base.  Elias Diaz (.151) went 1-for-4 with a double and two RBIs.  Eric Avila (.153) went 1-for-3 with a walk and an RBI.

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He supposedly hit 90 in Hbg according to the ‘radar board’, but Tim is correct. However, it is better than the 85-86 he was tossing last year.
Perhaps his funky delivery makes him look faster?

Hey do you know how Tim Alderson’s velocity has looked this year? Seems like hes been pitching extremely well out of the bullpen

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