BRADENTON FL - FEBRUARY 20: Pitcher Brad Lincoln #32 of the Pittsburgh Pirates poses for a photo during photo day at Pirate City on February 20 2011 in Bradenton Florida. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
Here's a look at scores from the Pirates' minor-league affiliates today:
Indianapolis beat Buffalo 6-1, with Brad Lincoln going seven innings with seven strikeouts and one walk. He now has 42 strikeouts and eight walks in 46.1 innings on the season. Chase D'Arnaud went 3-for-4 with a homer, improving his season line to .285/.358/.444.
Bradenton lost 13-3 to Dunedin. Nate Baker allowed seven runs in 1.2 innings, although only two were earned. The Marauders were mostly shut down by Jays 2009 first-rounder Chad Jenkins, who had five strikeouts while allowing two runs in 7.2 innings. Robbie Grossman, who had been struggling, went 3-for-4 with a double and a walk.
West Virginia split a doubleheader against Lexington. Matt Curry, Dan Grovatt and Kawika Emsley-Pai all had three hits in a 9-3 win, with Curry and Grovatt also hitting homers. Curry is currently hitting .361/.463/.689, and his hitting coach Dave Howard recently said he had to come up with special drills for Curry to keep things from getting "boring," so I can't imagine he'll be at West Virginia much longer.
The Power lost the other game 4-2, with Jameson Taillon taking the first loss of his pro career. Taillon struck out four batters and walked none in four innings, but allowed four runs, three earned, including a solo homer to 23-year-old slugger Adam Bailey. That doesn't concern me too much, honestly.