Saturday, August 25, 2012

Minors: Jeff Locke throws six scoreless, Luis Heredia also pitches well

No Pirates recap today. I saw the game but the way it was going, I was forced to start drinking which likely destroyed my memory of most of the events. I'm surprised I even wrote this seeing as I'm on four hours of sleep. Hangovers and bloodshot eyes usually aren't conducive to writing. I do have a gem of an idea for a post though so if I find the time, I'll write that up later. Anyway, moving on.

Transactions: All kinds of moves were made on Friday. Jordy Mercer was reinstated from the paternity list and Daniel McCutchen was optioned back to AAA Indianapolis. Jeff Clement was promoted to the majors and Yamaico Navarro was sent back to AAA. Also, the Pittsburgh Pirates claimed Hisanori Takahashi off of waivers from the Los Angeles Dodgers. A corresponding move will need to be made when he gets to Pittsburgh.

AAA - Indianapolis Indians (81-53) - Beat the Louisville Bats 4-2. Jeff Locke (10-5, 2.56 ERA) pitched six scoreless innings, allowing just four hits and striking out six. Bryan Morris pitched a scoreless innings. Logan Kensing gave up two runs on three hits in one inning. McCutchen pitched a scoreless inning to pick up his second save. Brock Holt (.400) went 3 for 4. Dallas McPherson (.258) went 2 for 4 with a two run home run, his 14th of the year. Brandon Boggs (.266) went 1 for 3 with a double and an RBI. Anderson Hernandez (.266) went 3 for 3.

AA - Altoona Curve (63-68) - Lost to the Richmond Flying Squirrels 2-1. Brandon Cumpton (11-11, 4.07 ERA) pitched six innings, allowing two runs on five hits and striking out three. Nathan Baker struck out the side in one scoreless inning. Jeff Inman struck out four in two scoreless innings. Jeremy Farrell (.218) went 1 for 1 with a double. The Curve only had three hits in the game.

High A - Bradenton Marauders (58-71) - Lost to the Jupiter Hammerheads 6-2. Kenn Kasparek (0-5, 5.43 ERA) pitched six innings, allowing two runs on seven hits. Josh Poytress gave up a run on two hits in one inning. Emmanuel De Leon gave up three runs on four hits in one inning. Gift Ngoepe (.237) went 2 for 4. Mel Rojas (.252) went 3 for 4 with two doubles and an RBI. Kirk Singer (.238) went 2 for 3 with a double.

Low A - West Virginia Power (56-75) - Lost to the Hickory Crawdads 6-0. Nicholas Kingham (6-8, 4.50 ERA) pitched five innings, allowing four runs (one earned) on four hits and striking out six. Porfirio Lopez gave up a run on two hits and struck out three in three innings of work. Justin Ennis gave up an unearned run on two hits in one innings. The Power only had four hits in the game.

SS - State College Spikes (30-34) - Lost to the Jamestown Jammers 1-0. Luis Heredia (3-2, 2.86 ERA) pitched five innings, allowing one run on three hits and striking out four. Lance Breedlove pitched three scoreless innings. Josh Smith struck out two in one scoreless inning. D.J. Crumlich (.283) went 2 for 4.

GCL - GCL Pirates (36-23) - Lost to the GCL Yankees 3-2. Tyler Glasnow gave up a run after walking four batters in just 2-3 of an inning. Andy Otamendi gave up a run on one hit in two innings. Luis Campos pitched 2 1-3 scoreless innings. Jackson Lodge and Roberto Espinosa each pitched a scoreless inning. Wilson Lee (4-1, 3.28 ERA) took the loss after allowing a run on a solo home run in one inning. Eric Wood (.297) went 2 for 4 with a double and an RBI.

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