Minor League Schedule: 6/23/12

Indianapolis has now won six games in a row to take a ten game lead in their division. They have a 25-9 home record this season, second best in the International League. Both Bradenton and West Virginia started their second half this week. The league records reset after 70 games and at the end of the year the winner from the first and second half meet in the playoffs. If the same team wins both halves, the team with the second best overall record makes the playoffs. A full recap of yesterday’s games can be found here.

Cain allowed just two hits in 5.2 IP during his last start

Triple-A: Indianapolis (45-29) VS Scranton-WB (40-35) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Rick VandenHurk (5-0 1.86)

Yesterday’s Result: Indianapolis 4 Scranton/WB 2  (Game story here)

Rick VandenHurk will make his sixth start for Indianapolis tonight. He has also made two relief appearances for Indy, as well as a rehab start for Bradenton earlier in the season. With Indy, he has pitched 38.2 innings, giving up 29 hits, three homers, 12 walks and he has 31 strikeouts. In his five starts, Rick is 4-0 2.40 in 30 innings. In his two relief outings, he threw a combined 8.2 scoreless innings. He has not allowed a run at home this year, in a total of 18 innings.

Double-A: Altoona (32-38) VS Akron (46-27) 6:00pm
Probable starter: Tim Alderson (3-3 3.08)

Yesterday’s Result: Altoona  3 Akron 4

Tim Alderson will make his seventh start of the season tonight. He has also made 11 relief appearances, two while with Indianapolis. For Altoona, Tim has pitched a total of 50.2 innings, allowing 53 hits, four homers, 11 walks and he has 35 strikeouts. His last outing on 6/20 was a relief appearance, one in which he gave up two runs on four hits in one inning. As a starter, Alderson is 2-2 3.74 in 33.2 innings.

High-A: Bradenton (29-42 overall 1-1 2nd half) @ Charlotte (30-38 overall 1-1 2nd half) 6:30pm
Probable starter: Colton Cain (2-4 5.48)

Yesterday’s Result: Bradenton 3 Charlotte 11

Colton Cain will make his 11th start of the season tonight. He has pitched a total of 44.1 innings, allowing 43 hits, seven homers, 15 walks and he has 33 strikeouts. He has made three starts since returning from a month long absence due to a right groin strain. Colton is 1-1 6.35 in 11.1 innings over those last three starts. He is holding batters to a .250 BAA, with a surprisingly high .309 average from left-handed batters. On the road this season, he is 0-2 8.59 in four starts.

Low-A: West Virginia (25-47 overall 2-0 2nd half) VS Lexington (39-32 overall 0-2 2nd half) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Ryan Hafner (0-4 6.34)

Yesterday’s Result: West Virginia 5 Lexington 2

Ryan Hafner will make his ninth start of the season tonight. He was taken out of the rotation after his start on 5/31, in which he walked five and gave up five hits in four innings. Ryan has made just two relief outings in June, pitching a total of six innings. While he has allowed just four hits and two earned runs, he has also walked ten batters. On the year, he has issued 37 walks in 38.1 innings. Batters are hitting .322 against him on the year, .368 from the right side.

Short Season A: State College (3-2) VS Mahoning Valley (2-3) 7:05pm
Probable Starter: Jason Creasy (0-1 6.75)

Yesterday’s Result: State College 4 Mahoning Valley 0 (game story)

Jason Creasy will make his second start of the season tonight. In his first game on 6/18, he went 2.2 innings, surrendering three runs(two earned) on three hits and two walks with two strikeouts. Jason pitched three times for the GCL Pirates last year, allowing three runs(one earned) on seven hits in 5.1 innings. He was the eighth round draft pick of the Pirates last year.

Rookie: GCL Pirates (3-2) VS GCL Braves (3-2) 10:00am

Yesterday’s Result: Pirates 17 Tigers 7

DSL: Pirates1 (10-8) VS  Marlins (6-12) 10:30am

Yesterday’s Result: Pirates 6 Red Sox 10

DSL: Pirates2 (9-9) VS  Yankees1 (13-5) 10:30am

Yesterday’s Result: Pirates 9 Mets 10

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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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