Minor League Schedule: 6/8/12

Bradenton was rained out last night. They will play a doubleheader today consisting of two 7-inning games. Colton Cain will make his return the mound after missing a month with a right groin strain. In the other game, Jameson Taillon gets the start. West Virginia was off yesterday. They resume their schedule with the first game of a six day road trip. Nate Baker, who was originally scheduled for Altoona  last night, will go tonight instead. His spot was taken by Phil Irwin. A full recap of yesterday’s games can be found here.

Taillon has allowed 17 ER in his last 21.1 IP

Triple-A: Indianapolis (34-26) @ Pawtucket (39-22) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Jeff Locke (4-3 3.10)

Yesterday’s Result: Indianapolis 3 Pawtucket 5

Jeff Locke will make his 11th start of the season tonight. He has pitched a total of 61 innings, allowing 58 hits, four homers, 11 walks and he has 53 strikeouts. In his last start on 6/2, Jeff gave up two runs in seven innings, allowing six hits, one walk and he struck out six batters. In his previous start on 5/27, Locke struck out eleven, his season high. He has held left-handed batters to a .174 BAA, with no homers and 16 strikeouts in 69 AB’s. On the road this year he is 0-2 3.68 in five starts.

Double-A: Altoona (28-30) @ Akron (36-20) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Nate Baker (3-6 5.40)

Yesterday’s Result: Altoona 7 Reading 1

Nate Baker will make his 11th start of the season. He also made one relief appearance. On the year, he has pitched a total of 51.2 innings, allowing 49 hits, 32 walks and 28 strikeouts. Last season, in 148.1 innings, he gave up just 51 walks. Nate hasn’t been able to get through five innings in any of his last three starts, allowing a total of ten runs in 12.1 innings. Left-handed batters are hitting .214 against him, with no homers.

High-A: Bradenton (25-34) @ Daytona (26-31) 5:35pm DH
Probable starter: Colton Cain (1-3 5.18) and Jameson Taillon (3-5 3.57)

Yesterday’s Result: Bradenton was rained out

Colton Cain will make his first start since May 9th, he has been out with a right groin strain. On the year he has made seven starts, pitching a total of 33 innings, with 35 hits allowed, five homers, twelve walks and he has recorded 24 strikeouts. In his last start, Cain gave up five runs on six hits and one walk in 5.1 innings. He has made two starts on the road this season, the first he threw five shutout innings, the second he allowed seven runs in just four innings. In the other game, Jameson Taillon will make his 12th start of the season tonight. He has pitched a total of 58 innings, allowing 48 hits, 16 walks and he has recorded 52 strikeouts. He is holding batters to a .221 average on the season. Jameson has made seven road starts this year with a 1-5 5.00 record in 36 innings.

Low-A: West Virginia (19-41) @ Asheville (41-19) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Zack Dodson (1-4 5.36)

Yesterday’s Result: West Virginia was off

Zack Dodson will get his 12th start of the season tonight. He has pitched a total of 48.2 innings, giving up 56 hits, five homers, 21 walks and he has recorded 36 strikeouts. In his last start, Zack gave up four runs(three earned) in five innings on seven hits and three walks. He faced Asheville on 5/2, which was also on the road, going 3.1 innings while allowing ten hits and six runs, both season highs. All five homers that Dodson has allowed this year have been solo shots.

DSL: Pirates1 (3-2) VS Yankees2 (2-3) 10:30am

Yesterday’s Result: Pirates 6 Yankees 5

DSL: Pirates2 (3-2) VS Yankees1 (3-2) 10:30am

Yesterday’s Result: Pirates 7 Yankees 6

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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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