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Minor League Schedule: 6/9/11

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 had off yesterday. They resume play today in Lakewood and I will be covering the entire series live for the site including scheduled starts from Jameson Taillon and Colton Cain. Kevin Creagh will be at the Altoona game tonight and posting a game recap. Brad Lincoln was scratched from his start last night due to a slight neck strain. It’s reported as nothing serious and he should make his next scheduled start. Please take note of the early start time for Indianapolis.

Taillon makes his first start since being selected to the SAL All-Star Game

AAA: Indianapolis (30-31) @ Buffalo (26-35) 10:35am
Probable starter: Sean Gallagher (1-7 6.49)

Game notes: Indy collected just 4 hits but that would be all they needed as four pitchers combined for a 1-0 shutout. It was the first shutout by Indianapolis pitchers this year. Since starting their season with a 1-8 record Indy has gone 29-23 and since April 25th they have gone 25-17. John Bowker had 2 hits and drove in the game winning run in the 8th inning.

AA: Altoona (29-29) VS Erie (28-29) 7:00pm
Probable starter: Michael Colla (4-2 2.65)

Game notes: Bryan Morris pitched 4 innings giving up 4 runs, all coming in the 1st inning with one out. He struck out five, a season high. Donald Veal threw a scoreless 9th inning. Jeremy Farrell went 3-4 with 2 runs scored. Starling Marte went 1-4 with a walk,single, RBI groundout and an outfield assist.

High-A: Bradenton (24-35) @ Jupiter (28-31) 6:35pm
Probable starter: Quinton Miller (3-5 7.18)

Game notes: Nate Baker threw 6 strong innings giving up 3 runs on just 4 hits, 2 walks and he struck out two. Robbie Grossman went 1-2 and drew three walks increasing his team leading total to 42 on the year. Elevys Gonzalez went 2-4 with a walk and stolen base. Aaron Baker drove in his 45th run, third highest total in the FSL.

Low-A: West Virginia (28-29) @ Lakewood (28-30) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Jameson Taillon (2-1 3.71)

Game notes: West Virginia had the day off yesterday. They resume their schedule today in Lakewood for a three game series. The Power currently sit in 6th place, six games out of 1st place and a half game ahead of last place Lakewood.

VSL: VSL Pirates (11-9) VS VSL Tigers (6-12) 11:00am

Games notes: Starter Roberto Espinoza gave up 6 runs in 4.1 IP yesterday picking up his 2nd loss of the year. He walked none, allowed 7 hits and struck out three. Dilson Herrera went 2-4 with his 8th double and 3rd triple. He is now hitting .333 after 19 games. Jordan Galvez went 2-4 with 2 runs scored and a stolen base.

DSL: DSL Pirates (4-2) VS DSL Red Sox (7-2) 10:30am

Game notes: The Pirates and Mets2 finished their game from May 30th which was stopped at 4-4 in the 7th inning. The Pirates scored three runs in the 7th and won 7-4. In the regularly scheduled game they lost 10-9 in a poorly played game. They committed 6 errors and their pitchers had just one strikeout. Edwin Espiral drove in 4 runs in the loss, he now has 9 RBI’s in just 5 games.

Edited to change Bradenton starting pitcher from Brett Lorin to Quinton Miller

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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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