Jeff Karstens goes tonight for Indianapolis, in what will likely be his last rehab start. He could throw as many as 100 pitches tonight. Tim Alderson looks to continue his strong pitching back in the starting role, while Nick Kingham looks to bounce back from a rough start last week. Both State College and the Rookie League GCL Pirates, open their season in twelve days. A full recap of yesterday’s games can be found here.
Triple-A: Indianapolis (34-24) @ Pawtucket (37-22) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Jeff Karstens (0-2 4.82)
Yesterday’s Result: Indianapolis 2 Pawtucket 13
Jeff Karstens will make his fourth rehab start tonight. He will be fully stretched out and if there are no issues, he should return to the Pirates for his next start. He has made two starts for Indianapolis after making one for Altoona, when he threw three shutout innings in his first game back from injury. Jeff went on the disabled list on April 18th with right shoulder inflammation. In his last start, which was pushed back one day due to a long rain delay prior to the start of his scheduled game, Karstens went five innings, allowed six runs(two earned) on six hits and one walk. He had six strikeouts in that game after recording just three in his first two starts.
Double-A: Altoona (27-29) @ Reading (30-24) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Tim Alderson (3-1 2.33)
Yesterday’s Result: Altoona 1 Reading 0
Tim Alderson will make his fifth start of the season tonight. In his last start on 5/31, he went six innings, giving up two earned runs on six hits, with one walk and five strikeouts. Since being moved out of the bullpen, Tim has gone 2-0 2.78 in the starting role, holding batters to a .229 BAA in 22.2 innings. Prior to making the move, Alderson pitched eight times in relief for Altoona and had a brief two game stint with Indianapolis. On the year, he has pitched a total of 42.2 innings, allowing 37 hits, 12 walks and he has recorded 31 strikeouts, with a 1.29 GO/AO ratio.
High-A: Bradenton (25-33) @ Daytona (25-31) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Eliecer Navarro (0-4 3.77)
Yesterday’s Result: Bradenton 5 Daytona 6
Eliecer Navarro will make his fourth start of the season tonight. He has also pitched twelve times in relief. In his last start on 5/25, he gave up seven runs on eight hits in four innings. As a starter, he is 0-3 7.43 in 13.1 innings. As a reliever, he has a 2.12 ERA with 26 strikeouts in 29.2 innings. Navarro has a .241 BAA, just .179 from left-handed batters.
Low-A: West Virginia (19-40) VS Delmarva (23-35) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Nick Kingham (1-3 5.64)
Yesterday’s Result: West Virginia 5 Delmarva 6
Nick Kingham will make his 12th start of the season tonight. He has pitched a total of 44.2 innings, allowing 51 hits, nine homers, 14 walks and he has recorded a team leading 42 strikeouts. In his last start on 6/1, Nick allowed six runs on seven hits, three walks, three homers and he struck out five in 4.2 innings. In his four prior starts, he had allowed a total of just four earned runs. At home this season, Kingham is 0-1 2.70 in 20 innings. On the road he has an ERA od 8.03 in seven starts.
DSL: Pirates1 (1-2) VS Mets2 (1-2) 10:30am
Yesterday’s Result: Pirates 2 Mets 7
DSL: Pirates2 (1-2) VS Mets1 (1-2) 10:30am
Yesterday’s Result: Pirates 5 Mets 7