Minor League Schedule: 5/21/11

For a more in depth review of yesterday’s games please check out our minor league wrap-up which can be found here. Altoona has a doubleheader today with Bryan Morris scheduled to get his first start since April 18th and it’s just his second game back from an oblique injury which kept him out exactly one month. The Curve currently sit in 1st place in their division just .001 ahead of Bowie. Lineups for today’s games will be posted as soon as they are made available.

Morris makes his first start since April 18th

AAA: Indianapolis (18-25) @ Scranton/WB (21-18) 6:35pm
Probable starter: Brian Burres( 1-6 4.60)

Game notes: Rudy Owens went 7 IP giving up just one run on 7 hits with no walks and two K’s. He threw 59 of his 81 pitches for strikes. Evan Meek on rehab came in to pitch the 9th and got the save retiring the side on just 5 pitches thanks to a line drive DP. Josh Harrison played 2B for the first time this season and was moved up to the 2nd spot in the order going 1-4 and he’s now batting .327.

AA: Altoona (20-19) VS Akron (20-21) 5:00pm DH
Probable starter: Aaron Pribanic (3-1 2.48) and Bryan Morris (1-1 4.11)

Game notes: Michael Colla pitched 6 scoreless innings giving up just 3 hits,2 walks and struck out four. Since moving to starter five games ago he has posted a 2.16 ERA in 25 IP. Jordy Mercer went 2-4 with two doubles and an RBI. Starling Marte went 2-4 and he now has 51 hits on the year. Tony Sanchez went 2-4. Altoona pitchers combined for their 3rd shutout, all of them by a 2-0 score.

High-A: Bradenton (18-24) VS Dunedin (24-18) 7:00pm
Probable starter: Phillip Irwin (2-0 0.82)

Game notes: Kyle McPherson went 5 IP giving up a season high in both hits with 10 and runs with 5. He walked one and struck out three. Benji Gonzalez batting leadoff went 4-5 with a double and his first home run of the season and just his 2nd pro home run in 818 AB’s. David Rubinstein went 3-5 with 2 doubles and 3 RBI’s. Jarek Cunningham added 3 singles and Aaron Baker drove in his team leading 34th run.

Low-A: West Virginia (20-20) VS Lakewood (19-22) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Zack Von Rosenberg (0-3 7.91)

Game notes: Colton Cain pitched 5.2 IP last night giving up 2 earned runs, both on solo home runs. He gave up just 3 hits total,walked one and struck out five. Casey Sadler followed him with a scoreless 2.1 IP striking out four. Matt Curry went 2-3 with a walk and his 30th RBI. He is now batting .370 on the year.

VSL: VSL Pirates (2-2) @ VSL Rays (1-1) 9:30am

Games notes: 18 year old lefty Alexander Gutierrez made his professional debut yesterday for the Pirates lasting just 0.2 IP before reaching his single inning pitch limit. He faced 8 batters giving up 3 runs on 2 hits and four walks while striking out one. Jose Marrujo made his 2nd straight scoreless appearance going 3.1 IP with 3 K’s. Jose Roman hit a 3 run homer. Carlos Equeda hit his 5th double. Dilson Herrera went 1-5 with a double and outfielder Edgard Munoz in his first career start went 2-2,walk,HBP and 2 steals.

Indianapolis Lineup










Altoona Lineup (game one, Pribanic pitching)










Altoona Lineup (game two, Morris pitching)










Bradenton Lineup










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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