Minor League Schedule: 5/19/11

For a more in depth review of yesterday’s games please check out our minor league wrap-up which can be found here. Altoona plays a double header today starting at 10:35 in the morning. The second game is a make-up of Tuesday’s rainout. With their 16-6 loss last night Altoona fell into a tie for first place in their division with the team that beat them, Akron. After his loss yesterday Jameson Taillon now stands at 1-1 2.84 in 5 starts with 18 strikeouts in 19 innings pitched. Lineups for today’s games will be posted as soon as they are made available.

Kyle McPherson looks for his 4th win of the season tonight

AAA: Indianapolis (17-24) VS Buffalo (17-24) 11:05am
Probable starter: Sean Gallagher (1-5 7.67)

Game notes: Brad Lincoln pitched 7 scoreless innings giving up just 4 hits,all singles, and one walk while striking out seven. Chase d’Arnaud went 3-4 with his 3rd homer and drove in two. He is hitting .377 in the month of May. Gorkys Hernandez went 2-3 with a double and Josh Harrison went 2-4 with a double and RBI.

AA: Altoona (18-18) @ Akron (19-19) 10:35am DH
Probable starter: Aaron Thompson (2-3 3.32) and Jared Hughes (2-1 3.79)

Game notes: Jeff Locke went just 4.2 IP allowing 8 earned runs with 6 walks and 5 strikeouts. Bryan Morris made his return after missing 3 weeks due to an oblique strain. He lasted just one inning giving up two runs. Starling Marte went 2-4 with a walk and a triple. Jordy Mercer went 2-3 with a double, 2 RBI’s and 2 walks. He is now batting .351 in May.

High-A: Bradenton (18-21) VS Dunedin (22-18) 7:00pm
Probable starter: Brett Lorin (1-2 3.14)

Game notes: Nate Baker went just 1.2 IP as he was hurt by some poor defense which led to 5 unearned runs charged to him. Eliecer Navarro followed him with 4.1 IP allowing one run on a solo homer while getting 10 groundball outs. Robbie Grossman went 3-4 with a walk, double and 2 runs scored. Aaron Baker went 2-4 with 2 RBI’s. He now has 32 RBI’s on the year, tied for fourth highest in the FSL

Low-A: West Virginia (18-19) @ Lexington (19-21) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Brandon Cumpton (3-3 7.12)

Game notes: Jameson Taillon pitched game one of yesterday’s doubleheader giving up 4 runs, 3 earned, in 4 IP. He struck out 4 and walked none taking his first pro loss. Brooks Pounders followed him with 2 scoreless innings. WV recorded just 1 hit but scored 2 runs. Tyler Waldron started game two giving up 1 run in 4 IP. Matt Curry, Rogelios Noris and Daniel Grovatt all homered in game two. Curry, Grovatt and Kawika Emsley-Pai all collected 3 hits in that game.

VSL: VSL Pirates (1-1) VS VSL Mariners (1-1) 11:00am

Games notes: Kelly Aponte went 4-5 scoring 3 runs during yesterday’s 16-8 win. Luis Sucre went 2-4 with a double, triple and 3 RBI’s. Dilson Herrera, Jose Roman and Ulises Montilla each added 2 hits. Recently turned 18 year old Andy Otamendi made his pro debut as the starting pitcher giving up 1 run in 3 IP. Fourth year VSL pitcher, Francisco Vilchez, pitched 2.2 scoreless IP striking out 4 and picking up the win. The team added free-agent signee Edgard Munoz to their roster. He’s a 19 year old switch hitting outfielder.

Indianapolis Lineup










Altoona Lineup( game one, Thompson pitching)










Altoona Lineup(game two, Hughes pitched)










Bradenton Lineup (Brett Lorin replaces McPherson as scheduled starter)










West Virginia 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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