TribLIVE

| Sports


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Bucs' Snell continues to dazzle in Indy

Pirates/MLB Videos

Monday, July 27, 2009
 

Sunday, right-hander Ian Snell (2-2) allowed two runs on nine hits in five innings for Triple-A Indianapolis, which lost 2-1 against Buffalo.

The New York Yankees, who are in the market for a starting pitcher, had a scout at the game.

Snell, who has indicated he does not want to return to the Pirates, has a 0.96 ERA and 51 strikeouts in six starts for Indy.

• Indy's lone run against Buffalo came on Brian Bixler's sixth home run. Bixler started at shortstop yesterday, but he also has been playing a lot at second base and center field.

"It's kind of a change, but it hasn't been too hard," Bixler said.

No longer the Pirates' top shortstop prospect — that title now goes to Argenis Diaz — Bixler might have future value as a utility player.

• Andrew McCutchen yesterday racked up the Pirates' 29th outfield assist, tops in the majors. The Pirates had 27 outfield assists last year and 31 in 2007.

• Phil Dumatrait tossed four innings in a rehab start for short-season Class A State College. Dumatrait gave up four runs (two earned) on five hits and struck out four. The left-hander will continue his comeback this week with Double-A Altoona.

• Tickets for a limited number of left- and right-field seats for next weekend's series against the Washington Nationals will cost $14. The price was discounted by $1 for each run the Pirates scored in the past three games against the Diamondbacks.

• There was a buzz of speculation Saturday night on the Internet after Lastings Milledge was taken out of Indianapolis' lineup after one at-bat. Was a call-up imminent• Had there been another trade• No. Turns out Milledge was ejected for tossing his helmet after striking out.

DIGITS

11 — Games in which the Pirates have been shut out this season, the most in the majors

3 — Times the Pirates have been blanked in back-to-back games

 

 

 
 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Pirates

  1. Pirates bench coach Jeff Banister named Rangers manager
  2. Pirates will implement price increase for 2015 tickets
  3. Pirates are solid at shortstop with the durable Mercer in play
  4. Pirates’ Banister named finalist for Rangers’ managing job
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.