Minor League Schedule: 8/22/11

For an in depth review of yesterday’s games please check out our minor league wrap-up which can be found here. Bradenton has off today. They resume their schedule Tuesday night with three games against the Palm Beach Cardinals. The GCL Pirates are now in the last week of their season which ends Saturday.

Kingham has made 8 straight starts with either one or no runs allowed

AAA: Indianapolis (67-63) VS Lehigh Valley (73-57) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Brian Burres (4-9 4.98)

Indianapolis is now tied for 2nd in their division, 13 games back in the standings but only 14 games remain on the schedule.  In the wildcard standings they are tied for 4th place, 6 games behind Pawtucket and their current opponent, Lehigh Valley. Brian Burres will get his team leading 22nd start today. He is 3rd in innings pitched with 115.2 trailing both Justin Wilson and Sean Gallagher by just three.

AA: Altoona (56-70) VS Richmond (68-58) 7:00pm
Probable starter: Brett Sinkbeil (0-0 1.80)

Altoona is in last place in their division, 13.5 games back in the standings. They have 16 games left in their schedule with no off-days and a doubleheader scheduled for tomorrow. Sinkbeil is making his second start since joining Altoona, he was 2-6 5.11 with Bradenton in 20 games, 9 as a starter.

High-A: Bradenton (64-60 overall 34-20 2nd half) VS Palm Beach (62-63 overall 33-23 2nd half) 6:00pm 8/23
Probable starter:TBD ()

Bradenton opens up a big series tomorrow against the 2nd place Palm Beach Cardinals.  They have a 2 game lead over the Cardinals in the race for the 2nd half title in their division. Palm Beach has gone 9-1 in their last 10 making up three games in the standings on the Marauders. This is not the last series between these two teams, they play again for two games on Aug 30-31. There are 14 games remaining on the schedule including today’s game.

Low-A: West Virginia (60-64 overall 25-31 2nd half) @ Greensboro (27-28 overall 67-58 2nd half) 7:00pm
Probable starter: Zack Von Rosenberg (4-8 5.89)

Zack will make his 23rd start of the season tonight, he has also pitched twice in relief. He is the team leader in innings pitched with 110 and he also leads in strikeouts with 97. He went 4.2 innings in his last start allowing 2 earned runs. In three August starts he has a 1.72 ERA and in his prior three starts in July he allowed just three earned runs in 16 innings. His last start against Greensboro was his worst start of the year. On July 1st he gave up 7 runs and did not make it out of the 1st inning.

Short Season A: State College (23-37) @ Auburn (37-23) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Nick Kingham (3-2 2.57)

Nick will make his team leading 13th start of the year tonight. He is just 1/3 of an inning behind team leader Matt Benedict who has 56.1 IP. Kingham leads the team with 36 strikeouts. In his last eight starts he has allowed one run or less in each of them. On the road this year he has a 10/12 walk to strikeout ratio. At home he has just walked 2 batters all year with 24 strikeouts.

Rookie: GCL Pirates (30-24) VS GCL Braves (22-31) 12:00pm

The GCL Pirates are currently in 2nd place, 5 games back in the standings.

VSL: VSL Pirates (40-32)

The VSL Pirates have finished their season. They won the VSL pennant for a sixth straight year.

DSL: DSL Pirates (41-28)

The DSL Pirates finished tied for 2nd in their division, 5.5 games back.

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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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