Pittsburgh Pirates Minor League Report – July 20th

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Sep 17, 2014; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates minor league outfielder Josh Bell (35) of the Altoona Curve in attendance as he was named the Pirates Minor Player of the Year before the Pirates host the Boston Red Sox at PNC Park. The Pirates won 9-1. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Double-A Altoona Curve

The Altoona Curve went 2-4 over the last week. The Curve dropped the final game of their weekend series with the Bowie Baysox. The next two days were off days for the All-Star Break. After picking up a win in the first game of the series in Richmond with the Flying Squirrels, the Curve dropped both games of a double header on Friday. They finished out the weekend with a win on Saturday and a loss on Sunday.

Eastern League West Division standings:

Bowie Baysox – 51-42

Altoona Curve – 50-44

Akron RubberDucks – 50-45

Richmond Flying Squirrels – 48-45

Harrisburg Senators – 48-47

Erie SeaWolves – 36-56

Players that stood out:

RHP Tyler Glasnow picked up his fourth win while striking out nine in seven innings and allowing just three hits. He was named Eastern League Pitcher of the Week on Monday!

OF Mel Rojas Jr is hitting .248 since being demoted to the Curve. He collected four hits, one RBI, one walk, and struck out four times this week.

1B Josh Bell saw his average rise to .317 while collecting six hits, three walks, four RBIs and a stolen base.

INF Adam Frazier had three hits and one walk. He saw his average drop to .349.

2B Max Moroff saw his average remain at .326. He collected ten hits, including a home run, three RBIs and four strikeouts.

OF Stetson Allie had three hits, including a home run, one RBI, one walk, four strikeouts and saw his average drop to .195.

3B Dan Gamache had six hits, two RBIs, one walk and is hitting .319.

Jacob Stallings had two hits and one strikeout while lowering his average to .282.

INF Jose Osuna had five hits, two RBIs, two walks and two strikeouts. He continues to hit .295.

RHP Jason Creasy continues to lead the team with eight wins. He didn’t have a start this week due to the All Star Game. See below for our update on how how Jason did at the all star game.

RHP Chad Kuhl picked up his fourth loss of the season in his only start this week. He now has a record of 7-4.  He went six innings, allowing five hits and three strikeouts. He leads the team with 68 Ks.

All-Star Game:

The Eastern League All Star Game was played on July 15th in Portland, Maine. The Curve were represented by Josh Bell, Adam Frazier, Max Moroff, Jason Creasy and Dan Gamache on the Western Division team. Max Moroff had a hit and a walk in the game. Josh Bell had a hit and collected an RBI on a game tying bases loaded walk in the seventh. Dan Gamache walked twice. Jason Creasy pitched the second inning and gave up three runs on three hits, including a two run homer. The game finished in a 4-4 tie however to decide the winner, they had a Home Run Shootout. Basically each team selected three batters. Coaches were the pitcher in a Batting Practice type environment. Each batter got one swing and the team with the most home runs wins. Finally after eleven rounds, the Eastern Division won with a home run by Brian Pointer of the Reading Fightin Phils.

Dan Gamache won the Eastern League Home Run Derby contest prior to the All Star Game and the $1,000.00 prize.

A look at next week:

The Curve are hosting four games in three days with the Erie SeaWolves. Tuesday is a doubleheader starting at 4:30pm. Then the Curve head to Akron for a four game series with the RubberDucks.

We now heat up as we head south for a look at the Advanced A Bradenton Marauders.

Next: Fly South to Bradenton