Minor League Schedule: 5/13/12

Bradenton is off today. They resume their schedule Monday night on the road against St Lucie, the team with the best record in the Florida State League. All three starters going today are left-handed pitchers. All three games today are early afternoon starts. A full recap of yesterday’s games can be found here.

Owens is second on Indy in strikeouts with thirty

Triple-A: Indianapolis (21-14) VS Norfolk (14-20) 1:15pm
Probable starter: Rudy Owens (2-0 2.25)

Yesterday’s Result: Indianapolis 5 Norfolk 4 in 14 innings (game story here)

Rudy Owens will get his seventh start of the season today. He has five straight starts of at least six innings pitched and two or fewer runs allowed. Rudy has made four of his starts on the road this year, posting a 2.00 ERA in 27 innings. He has walked just two batters all season and right-handed hitters are batting .216 against him. Owens leads the International League with a 0.88 WHIP.

Double-A: Altoona (13-21) @ Erie (17-17) 1:35pm
Probable starter: Kris Johnson (0-0 2.08)

Yesterday’s Result: Altoona 6 Erie 11

Kris Johnson will make his fourth start of the season today, he also made one start for Indianapolis this year. Johnson threw a combined eight scoreless innings in his first two starts for Altoona, before allowing three earned runs in 3.2 innings during his last start. In his last game, he gave up six hits, four walks and struck out six. Between his two stops, he has pitched 22 innings, allowing four earned runs on 16 hits, 12 walks and he has struck out nineteen.

High-A: Bradenton (18-18) @ St Lucie (28-8) 6:30pm 5/14
Probable starter: TBD

Yesterday’s Result: Bradenton 9 St Lucie 1

Bradenton is off today. They are currently in third place in their division, ten games behind first place St Lucie.

Low-A: West Virginia (11-24) VS Charleston (24-9) 2:05pm
Probable starter: Zack Dodson (1-3 5.72)

Yesterday’s Result: West Virginia 2 Charleston 16

Zack Dodson will get his seventh start of the season today. He rebounded from a poor start on 5/2, when he gave up six runs on ten hits in 3.1 innings, to allow two earned runs over five innings in his last start. In 28.1 innings, he has given up 37 hits, five homers, ten walks and has struck out 23 batters. Zack faced Charleston on the road on 4/20, allowing no earned runs over six innings pitched. He struck out a season-high eight batters that day.

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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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