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Minor League Pirates get going!

That was a depressing game against the Dodgers. We were right in it through about 6 innings, and some bad luck kept us from being closer. Runners on almost every inning, but we couldn’t bring them home. I will admit that I get this feeling of “Here we go!” everytime the big league team even starts to falter. On this occasion, though, I think there’s significant reason to hope that we can keep winning. The weekend series will be against Adam LaRoche and the DiamondBacks, and I’d back us to take 2 out of 3 again, especially against Rodrigo Lopez and Edwin Jackson. Dan Haren sandwiched between those two goes up against Daniel McCutchen, and I don’t like the other Cutch’s chances in the Arizona ballpark.

We need the offense to keep showing the same patience, as they have so far, and for the pitchers to come to the party. 3 starts so far, and not one convincing pitching performance. Duke and Ohlendorf (and Maholm, to some extent) kept us in the game, but somewhere, you’d hope to start seeing some dominating outings from these guys. Morton has a chance to start living up to his 2010 expectations tomorrow.

Minor league seasons got underway today. The Bradenton Marauders played the Fort Myers Miracle, an affiliate of the Minnesota Twins, the Altoona Curve opened against Harrisburg Senators (the team Stephen Strasburg plays for!), and the West Virginia Power played the Savannah Sand Gnats, an affiliate of the Mets. Kevin Hart and the Indy team opened against the Columbus Clippers, who are affiliated with the Cleveland Indians. Keep in mind that the info below is from box scores only, so take that for what it’s worth.

AAA- Indianapolis vs Columbus: The Pirates newest problem child, Kevin Hart, is still struggling. More walks than strikeouts, and a walk an inning isnt going to get it done at any level. Vinnie Chulk was rocked. Alvarez homered in his only hit of the day. So what else is new?

AA – Altoona vs Harrisburg: Mike Crotta pitched 6 good innings, by all accounts. He doesn’t qualify as a prospect right now, but he only needs to keep this up through the year to become one. Jordy Mercer had 2 hits, but also 2 Ks. D’Arnaud also had a hit.

HighA – Bradenton vs Ft. Myers: Much to like here, as you’d expect. Bryan Morris K’d 5, but also gave up a bunch of hits. Robbie Grossman homered off Kyle Gibson, the first round pick. Quincy Latimore and Jeremy Farrell also homered in a  blowout. Tony Sanchez had 2 hits.

Low A- West Virginia vs Savannah: Hunter Strickland gave up a ton of hits, throwing early egg on his sleeper predictions. Evan Chambers worked a couple of walks, and Aaron Baker had a couple of hits.

A very m-eh start to the season, save at Bradenton, where it’s good to see the bat going!

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On, then, to Adam LaRoche, Mark Reynolds and the Snakes!

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