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Reds Defeat Pirates, 7-5; Steve Pearce Hurt

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Not a great game. Brian Burres was downright Burresy, throwing only 41 of his 79 pitches for strikes and allowing four walks in 3.2 innings, and Steve Pearce twisted his ankle while making a throw and has to have an MRI. The Pirates managed to keep the Reds to seven runs mostly because of an amazing five double plays. (This is amazing mostly from a "look at that big number" standpoint--overall, the infield didn't play well, with Delwyn Young making a throwing error and Akinori Iwamura completely missing a grounder.) Offensively, Ronny Cedeno hit a two-run homer off Aaron Harang in the second, and Young went 3-for-5. 

In the minors, Mike Crotta got whacked and Jose Tabata went 3-for-5 as Indianapolis lost 6-5. In Altoona, it was opposite day as Gorkys Hernandez picked up three hits and Tim Alderson pitched seven innings of shutout ball. Oh, and Alex Presley had maybe the best game any Pirate prospect will have all year, with two homers, a triple, a double and eight RBIs. Diego Moreno made his Class AA debut and struck out two batters in an inning.

Brian Leach, Mike Felix and the rest of the Bradenton Marauders were hit hard by Fort Myers, although Calvin Anderson went 3-for-3. And in West Virginia, Nate Baker and two relievers combined to four-hit Lexington in a game that took barely over two hours.