Minor League Schedule: 5/12/11

For a more in depth review of yesterday’s games please check out our minor league wrap-up which can be found here. Despite being one game below .500 the Altoona Curve are just one game out of first place in their division. On the flip side they are also just one game ahead of the last place team. With the same 15-16 record, West Virginia sits 6 games out of first place in their division. Bradenton sits 7 games back in 4th place while Indianapolis is in last place. Lineups for today’s games will be posted as soon as they are made available.

Dodson goes for his third win tonight

AAA: Indianapolis (11-23) @ Durham (21-13) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Justin Wilson (2-3 2.83)

Game notes: Indianapolis got shutout yesterday for the fourth time and they collected just five hits all game, all of them singles. Chase d’Arnaud went 2-3 and stole his 5th base. Brian Burres lost his 5th game of the year despite giving up just 1 run in 7 IP.

AA: Altoona (15-16) VS Erie (15-16) 6:30pm
Probable starter: Aaron Thompson (2-3 3.27)

Game notes: Starling Marte went 3-6 yesterday with a double,stolen base and two runs scored. Jordy Mercer went 3-5 with 2 homers and 5 RBI’s. He now has 6 homeruns on the year. Jeff Locke pitched 6 strong innings allowing 2 runs, both coming in the 1st inning. He walked none, threw 57 of his 79 pitches for strikes and retired 13 straight batters at one point.

High-A: Bradenton (15-18) @ Tampa (12-21) 7:00pm
Probable starter: Quinton Miller (1-3 9.99)

Game notes: Phillip Irwin pitched 5 innings last night giving up just 1 run on 2 hits with 3 K’s. Diego Moreno followed him with just 0.1 IP giving up 5 runs before being pulled. Ramon Cabrera went 3-4 with 2 doubles and is now hitting .441 after 17 games. Robbie Grossman went 2-5 with 2 stolen bases, he now has 9 on the season to lead the team. He also leads the team with 29 runs scored.

Low-A: West Virginia (14-16) @ Charleston (13-19) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Zack Dodson (2-2 3.10)

Game notes: Zack Von Rosenberg pitched 5 innings last night allowing 5 runs, all of them coming in the 4th inning. He struck out 4 and walked just one. Mel Rojas Jr went 3-3 with a walk and a stolen base. Daniel Grovatt went 3-5 with 2 doubles and a stolen base.

Indianapolis Lineup: (Justin Wilson now listed as starting pitcher)

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Ciriaco-2b

Presley-cf

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Hague-1b

Harrison-3b

Brown-c

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Altoona Lineup:

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Marte-cf

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Mercer-ss

Farrell-3b

Sanchez-c

Watts-dh

Durham-1b

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Bradenton Lineup:

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Cunningham-2b

Cabrera-c

Baker-1b

E.Gonzalez-3b

Chambers-cf

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White-dh

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West Virginia Lineup:

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Maggi-ss

Curry-1b

Howard-rf

Grovatt-lf

Rojas-cf

Emsley-Pai-dh

Diaz-c

Vasquez-3b

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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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