Minor League Schedule: 5/1/11

For a more in depth review of yesterday’s games please check out our minor league wrap-up which can be found here. The first month of the season is now over and none of the four teams have a winning record. Minor league records are not that important but the play of the top rated prospects so far has pretty much dictated the team’s records. Bradenton’s prospects seem to be playing the best and they have the best winning percentage. Indianapolis has the most prospects struggling and they have the worst record. It’s a new month though, time to turn the page and hope for better things. Lineups for today’s games will be posted as soon as they are made available.

Wilson enters the day leading Indy in ERA at 2.25

AAA: Indianapolis (7-17) VS Durham (13-11) 2:05pm
Probable starter: Justin Wilson (2-1 2.25)

Game notes: Jose Ascanio pitched a scoreless inning of relief, his second straight such appearance on his rehab assignment. He now has pitched seven games between Bradenton and Indianapolis since April 11th and the team has up to 30 days rehab in the minors before they either have to add him to the 25 man roster or put him on waivers/release him. He is out of minor league options.

AA: Altoona (10-11) VS Erie (10-11) 2:00pm
Probable starter: Aaron Thompson (2-2 3.22)

Game notes: Jeff Locke pitched 6 innings giving up 5 runs but just one of them was earned due to some poor defense behind him. He recorded just one strikeout. Tim Alderson pitched 3 scoreless innings with 3 strikeouts and allowed just one baserunner on a HBP. Altoona had just three hits on the night, all of them singles.

High-A: Bradenton (12-12) @ Palm Beach (8-15) 5:05pm
Probable starter: Nate Baker (2-0 5.57)

Game notes: Phillip Irwin pitched 4 scoreless innings giving up 3 hits and striking out two. Brett Lorin pitched the last 4 innings giving up 2 runs and striking out 5 but took the loss. Aaron Baker went 2-4 with a double and Evan Chambers collected 3 hits after coming into the game hitting just .188.

Low-A: West Virginia (9-13) VS Greensboro (13-10) 2:05pm POSTPONED
Probable starter: Tyler Waldron (3-1 4.71)

Game notes: Zach Dodson pitched 6 solid innings giving up just one run and striking out five to get the win. Brooks Pounders followed him with two scoreless innings and three strikeouts. The Power collected 13 hits including two each from Gift Ngoepe, Matt Curry, Mel Rojas, Elias Diaz and Daniel Grovatt.

West Virginia game has been postponed and will be made up tomorrow as part of a doubleheader starting at 6pm.

Indianapolis Lineup:

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Altoona Lineup:

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Bradenton Lineup:

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John Dreker

John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.

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