Friday, August 10, 2012

Minors: Justin Wilson pitches eight inning no hitter, Gregory Polanco hits two homers but gets hurt

News: Zack Dodson, the Pirates' fourth round pick in 2009, has been suspended 50 games for failing his second drug test. With the recent influx of pitching depth in the organization, the suspension should go a long way in decreasing his status as a prospect. He was 6-6 this year with a 4.86 ERA for West Virginia.

AAA - Indianapolis Indians (72-48) - Beat the Charlotte Knights 3-0 in a rain shortened game. Justin Wilson (9-5, 3.88 ERA), who was recently supposed to be relegated to bullpen duty, got the start due to Jeff Locke recently being called up. Wilson took advantage by pitching an eight inning no hitter and striking out five while most importantly for him, only walking one. Alex Presley (.312) went 2 for 4. Yamaico Navarro (.280) went 2 for 3 with a double and a triple. Tony Sanchez (.213) went 1 for 3 and drove in two runs. Drew Sutton (.262) went 1 for 3 with a double and an RBI.

AA - Altoona Curve (56-61) - Beat the Bowie Baysox 9-4. Juan Cruz, who should be returning to the Pirates shortly, pitched one scoreless inning. Kris Johnson (1-1, 2.84 ERA) got the win after pitching five innings, allowing three runs on five hits and striking out three. Jeff Inman struck out four but gave up a run on three hits in two innings. Victor Black busted out of his recent funk by striking out two in one scoreless inning. Ramon Cabrera (.262) went 2 for 5 and drove in a run. Adalberto Santos (.377) went 2 for 3. Matt Curry (.290) went 1 for 2 with a three run home run, his 10th of the year. Oscar Tejeda (.253) went 1 for 4 with a double and two RBI. Quincy Latimore (.251) went 1 for 2 and drove in a run. Kelson Brown (.277) went 1 for 4 with a double and two RBI.

High A - Bradenton Marauders (52-64) - Lost to the Charlotte Stone Crabs 3-0 in a rain shortened game. Jameson Taillon (6-8, 3.83 ERA) pitched five innings, allowing three runs (one earned) on five hits and striking out three. Kirk Singer (.228) had the only hit for the Marauders.

Low A - West Virginia Power (49-68) - Beat the Lexington Legends 8-3. Nicholas Kingham (5-7, 4.74 ERA) pitched 5 2-3 innings, allowing two runs on three hits and striking out four. Robert Kilcrease gave up a run on one hit in 1 1-3 innings. Emmanuel De Leon walked three but didn't give up any runs in two innings of work. Taylor Lewis (.235) went 2 for 5 with a two run home run, his third of the year. Gregory Polanco (.328) went 2 for 5 with two home runs, his 14th and 15th of the year, and drove in three runs. Willy Garcia (.257) went 2 for 5. Dan Gamache (.290) went 2 for 5 with a double and a solo home run, his fifth of the year, and drove in two runs total. Jose Osuna (.278) went 2 for 4 with a solo home run, his 15th of the year. Polanco and Alen Hanson both left the game with injuries.

SS - State College Spikes (26-25) - Lost to the Auburn Doubledays 5-3. Joely Rodriguez pitched four innings, allowing three runs on seven hits and striking out four. Ryan Hafner (0-1, 7.71 ERA) took the loss after allowing two runs on three hits in 2 1-3 innings. Dalton Friend pitched 1 2-3 scoreless innings. Chris Diaz (.214) went 2 for 2. Derek Trent (.364) went 1 for 4 with a two run home run, his first of the year. Jared Lakind (.157) went 2 for 4 with a double.

GCL - GCL Pirates (25-21) - Beat the GCL Braves 7-1. Axel Diaz pitched 2 2-3 innings, allowing one unearned run on one hit and striking out three. Aaron Pribanic pitched 1 1-3 scoreless innings. Colten Brewer struck out three over 1 2-3 scoreless innings. Bryton Trepagnier (3-1, 3.38 ERA) picked up the win after pitching 2 1-3 scoreless innings. Luis Campos pitched a scoreless inning. Andrew Lambo (.435) went 1 for 3 and drove in a run. Elvis Escobar (.269) went 3 for 4. Max Moroff (.333) went 3 for 5 with a double. Jin-De Jhang (.302) went 1 for 1 and drove in a run. Edwin Espinal (.208) went 1 for 2 and drove in a run.

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