Minor League Schedule: 7/31/11

For an in depth review of yesterday’s games please check out our minor league wrap-up which can be found here. All three of the rookie league teams have off today and resume their schedule Monday. The VSL team will be in their last week of the season when they return.

Lincoln leads Indy with 91 strikeouts

AAA: Indianapolis (57-52) @ Gwinnett (59-48) 2:05pm
Probable starter: Brad Lincoln (7-7 3.81)

Brad will start for the 19th time this season with Indianapolis. He threw 7 innings in his last start allowing three runs on three hits while striking out five. He has a 2.80 ERA in eight starts since June 1st. Lincoln is the team leader in strikeouts with 91.

AA: Altoona (46-60) @ Portland (44-62) 1:00pm
Probable starter: Aaron Pribanic (7-8 4.03)

Aaron will take the mound for the 22nd time this season, 21st as a starter. He threw 7 shutout innings his last start on Tuesday although he walked a season high 3 batters. In 4 of his last 5 starts he has thrown at least 6 innings while giving up 3 earned runs or less and he has won his last 2 starts.

High-A: Bradenton (51-56 overall 21-16 2nd half) @ Brevard County (43-61 overall 16-18 2nd half) 5:05pm
Probable starter: Brian Leach (1-4 8.60)

Bradenton currently sits in 1st place in their division for the 2nd half title. They have a one game lead over three teams. They also have the 2nd best record in the entire 12 team FSL since the 2nd half started.

Low-A: West Virginia (49-54 overall 14-21 2nd half) VS Lakewood (52-51 overall 19-16 2nd half) 2:05pm
Probable starter: Zack Von Rosenberg (4-7 6.65)

Zack will make his 19th start of the year today. He has made two straight starts in which he has not allowed a run, 5 innings on Monday and 6 innings on July 20th. He picked up his first win since June 17th in his last start. Zack is the team leader in strikeouts with 78, just one ahead of Zac Fuesser and 3 ahead of Colton Cain.

Short Season A: State College (13-29) VS Lowell (19-23) 6:05pm
Probable starter: Nick Kingham (1-2 3.34)

Nick will get his team leading 9th start of the year tonight. He has the 2nd most innings with 35 and leads the team in strikeouts with 28. In his two worst starts( June 17 and July 2) Nick allowed a combined 9 runs over just 7 innings. In his other six starts he has allowed just 4 runs over 28 innings of work. His last start on Monday he allowed one run over 5 innings giving up 4 hits, no walks and striking out four.

Rookie: GCL Pirates (21-15) VS GCL Phillies (19-17) 12:00pm 8/1

The GCL Pirates are currently in 2nd place, four games back in the standings.

VSL: VSL Pirates (36-29) VS VSL Phillies (32-33) 11:00am 8/1

The VSL Pirates are in first place and have a one game lead over the 2nd place Rays. There are just 7 games left in the season.

DSL: DSL Pirates (32-18) VS DSL Astros (16-30) 10:30am 8/1

The DSL Pirates are in 2nd place,1/2 game behind the DSL Royals.

Author: 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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