Minor League Schedule: 6/8/11

For a more in depth review of yesterday’s games please check out our minor league wrap-up which can be found here. West Virginia has off today. When they resume play on Thursday in Lakewood I will be covering the entire series live for the site including scheduled starts from Jameson Taillon and Colton Cain. Bradenton had off yesterday and the DSL team was rained out for a 5th straight game. Lineups for today’s games will be posted as soon as they are made available.

Lincoln is looking for his 6th win in 8 starts tonight.

AAA: Indianapolis (29-31) @ Buffalo (26-34) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Brad Lincoln (5-5 4.34)

Game notes: Justin Wilson pitched 5 innings giving up 4 runs, all of them coming in the 3rd inning. He gave up 6 hits, walked 3 and struck out four. Chase d’Arnaud went 2-4 with 2 RBI’s and a walk. Eric Fryer hit his 2nd homer, a 3 run shot. John Bowker drove in 4 runs with three doubles. He now has 25 RBI’s in 28 games.

AA: Altoona (29-28) VS Erie (27-29) 7:00pm
Probable starter: Bryan Morris (1-2 2.93)

Game notes: Jeff Locke went 6 strong innings giving up just one earned run on 6 hits, no walks and he struck out 8 for the third straight start. He threw 62 of his 86 pitches for strikes. Jordy Mercer went 2-5 with his 11th homer and 3 RBI’s. Starling Marte went 3-5 with two stolen bases. He is now hitting .327 with a league leading 71 hits. Matt Curry and Brock Holt each added 2 hits and an RBI.

High-A: Bradenton (24-34) @ Jupiter (27-31) 6:35pm
Probable starter: Nate Baker (3-3 4.23)

Game notes: Bradenton had off yesterday. They resume their schedule with a 3 game series in Jupiter. Bradenton currently sits in 5th place in their division, 5.5 games behind the 1st place St Lucie Mets.

Low-A: West Virginia (28-28) @ Lakewood (28-30) 7:05pm 6/9
Probable starter: Jameson Taillon (2-1 3.71)

Game notes: Tyler Waldron threw 6 scoreless innings giving up just 3 hits and 2 walks. He struck out two and lowered his ERA to 3.44 while winning his 5th game. Trent Stevenson pitched 1 inning giving up an unearned run on one hit. Kevin Decker threw a scoreless inning, he now has a 2.25 ERA. Andrew Maggi went 2-3 with 2 walks and 2 runs scored. Elias Diaz and Eric Avila each had two hits. Rogelios Noris hit his 5th home run.

VSL: VSL Pirates (11-8) VS VSL Reds (9-9) 11:00am

Games notes: Alexander Gutierrez made his 4th pro start giving up 3 runs,one earned, in 2.1 IP. Andres Mendoza followed him with 2.2 scoreless innings. Ulises Montilla went 3-6 with 3 RBI’s. In 19 games he now has 20 RBI’s and a .360 average. Jose Salazar went 2-3 with a walk. Top prospect Dilson Herrera went 2-4 with a walk and his 7th double. Luis Sucre recorded three outfield assists including two at home plate. He had just two assists in his first 68 pro games in the outfield. The VSL Pirates with a win yesterday took over 1st place from the Mariners team they defeated.

DSL: DSL Pirates (3-1) VS DSL Mets2 (4-5) 10:30am

Game notes: The DSL Pirates were rained out for a fifth straight time. Including their scheduled day off on Sunday, they have now gone six days without playing. Today’s game, if they get it in, will first be the completion of the postponed game from 5/30 followed by the scheduled game.

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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