Minor League Schedule: 8/7/11

Taillon shut out Lakewood for four innings the last time they met.

For an in depth review of yesterday’s games please check out our minor league wrap-up which can be found here. The VSL Pirates clinched their 6th straight season title and will now take on the Rays in the playoffs, a best of three series that will begin Monday. The GCL and DSL teams both have off today. I will be in Lakewood covering the West Virginia Power for the site this weekend into Monday night with Jameson Taillon scheduled to pitch today.

AAA: Indianapolis (60-55) VS Toledo (52-61) 2:05pm
Probable starter: Garrett Olson (4-0 2.42)

Olson has made 13 starts and five relief appearances this year with Indy without recording a loss. He has allowed just 40 hits in 70.2 innings of work resulting in a .167 BAA. He has had trouble with his control posting 39 walks over that time. He has allowed 2 runs or less in eight of his last 10 starts.

AA: Altoona (49-63) VS Trenton (58-55) 6:00pm
Probable starter: Phillip Irwin (5-3 4.62)

Irwin has made eight starts and one relief appearance for the Curve this year. On the year he has made 18 starts between Altoona and Bradenton and he has a 10-3 3.29 record combined. He has pitched 104 innings allowing just 17 walks and he has 76 strikeouts. Irwin has won his last two starts allowing just two earned runs in each of them and on July 1st he defeated Trenton despite giving up 5 runs over 5 innings of work.

High-A: Bradenton (56-56 overall 26-16 2nd half) VS Jupiter (49-63 overall 17-25 2nd half) 5:00pm
Probable starter: Tyler Waldron (0-0 0.00)

Bradenton has won 7 straight game and they are currently in 1st place in their division, two games ahead of Charlotte with 28 games left in the season. Overall on the year they have the 2nd best record in their division, 3 games behind 1st half champs, St. Lucie.

Low-A: West Virginia (53-57 overall 18-24 2nd half) @ Lakewood (56-53 overall 23-18 2nd half) 5:05pm
Probable starter: Jameson Taillon (2-2 4.39)

Jameson will get his 18th start of the year tonight for West Virginia. He pitched just 2 innings in his last start allowing 3 earned runs. Since the all-star break he has an 0-1 6.48 record over his seven starts. He faced Lakewood on June 9th and gave up just a broken bat infield hit over 4 shutout innings. In 67.2 innings this year he has struck out 72 while walking just 11 batters.

Short Season A: State College (18-31) @ Jamestown (27-22) 6:05pm
Probable starter: Matt Benedict (2-3 5.71)

Despite playing 6-4 ball over their last 10 games, State College has dropped back from the top three teams in their division who have all played better during that same ten game stretch. They are still in last place and sit 11 games back in the standings. On the road this year they are just 6-19 and against Jamestown they are 2-3.

Rookie: GCL Pirates (23-19) VS GCL Tigers (20-22) 12:00pm 8/8

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

VSL: VSL Pirates (40-32) VS VSL Rays (38-33) 11:00am 8/8

The VSL Pirates have finished their season and will begin the playoffs Monday.

DSL: DSL Pirates (36-19) VS DSL Yankees2 (23-35) 10:30am 8/8

The DSL Pirates are in 2nd place, one game back of the DSL Royals who they play two more times this year. Their season ends on August 19th.

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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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