Minor League Schedule: 7/11/12

Indianapolis is on their All-Star break. They resume their schedule on Thursday. Starling Marte, Rudy Owens and Jordy Mercer will represent the International League in the AAA All-Star game. Altoona is also on their All-Star break. They resume their schedule Thursday night in Akron. Both the AA and AAA All-Star games will be played tonight. Bradenton and State College each had off yesterday as well. Both teams resume their schedule today. West Virginia had their game suspended yesterday with a 6-1 score in the second inning. They will complete that game prior to playing their regularly scheduled affair. A full recap of yesterday’s games can be found here.

Joely Rodriguez allowed one hit and no walks over five shutout innings in his last start

Triple-A: Indianapolis (56-34) vs Columbus (45-45) 6:05pm DH 7/12
Probable starter: All-Star break

Yesterday’s Result: Indianapolis was off

Indianapolis is currently on their All-Star break. They are in first place in their division with an 11 game lead over Columbus. Team batting leaders: Jeff Clement .299 average 13 homers. Starling Marte 52 RBI’s 55 runs scored. Chase d’Arnaud 23 steals. Pitching leaders: Rick VandenHurk 8 wins. Bryan Morris 2.50 ERA(min. 50 IP) 1.09 WHIP. Justin Wilson 99 strikeouts.

Double-A: Altoona (43-45) @ Akron (52-38) 7:05pm 7/12
Probable starter: All-Star break

Yesterday’s Result: Altoona was off

Altoona is on their All-Star break. They are currently tied for third place, 4.5 games behind both Harrisburg and Akron. The Curve have a 26-20 home record and they are 17-25 on the road. They went 6-4 in their last ten games before the break. Brock Holt, Ramon Cabrera, Brandon Cumpton and Victor Black will be at the All-Star game representing the Curve.

High-A: Bradenton (40-49 overall 11-8 2nd half) vs Brevard County (39-47 overall 10-8 2nd half) 6:30pm
Probable starter: Colton Cain (3-5 4.31)

Yesterday’s Result: Bradenton was off

Colton Cain will make his 14th start of the year tonight. He has pitched a total of 62.2 innings, allowing 57 hits, eight homers, 21 walks and he has 44 strikeouts. In his last start, Cain threw seven shutout innings, allowing five hits and three walks while striking out two batters. At home this year, he is 2-3 4.11 in seven starts, with 32 strikeouts in 35 innings. He is holding right-handed batters to a .213 average but lefties are hitting .307 against the southpaw.

Low-A: West Virginia (32-56 overall 9-9 2nd half) @ Rome (30-58 overall 12-6 2nd half) 7:00pm
Probable starter: Nick Kingham (1-6 5.86)

Yesterday’s Result: West Virginia 6 Rome 1 suspended in the 2nd inning

Nick Kingham will make his 18th start of the season tonight. He has pitched a total of  73.2 innings, allowing 83 hits, 12 homers, 26 walks and he has 68 strikeouts. In his last start, Nick allowed six runs on nine hits in five innings. His previous start was also a tough one, allowing five runs on five innings with ten baserunners. On the road this year, Kingham is 1-3 7.62 in ten starts, pitching a total of 39 innings.

Short Season A: State College (11-11) vs Staten Island (9-13) 7:05pm
Probable Starter: Joely Rodriguez (1-0 2.37)

Yesterday’s Result: State College was off

Joely Rodriguez will make his fifth start of the season. After issuing five walks in his first game, lasting just four innings, Joely has rebounded with his control in his last three starts and put up impressive results the last two games. In his second start, he gave up three runs in five inning. His last two starts have each resulted in five shutout innings. On the year, he has given up just 12 hits over 19 innings, holding batters to a .190 average with no homers.

Rookie: GCL Pirates (9-10) VS GCL Blue Jays (6-14) 12:00pm

Yesterday’s Result: Pirates 7 Yankees 4

DSL: Pirates1 (19-14) VS Mets2 (18-15) 10:30am

Yesterday’s Result: Pirates 13 Mets 6

DSL: Pirates2 (14-19) VS Yankees1 (24-9) 10:30am

Yesterday’s Result: Pirates 2 Yankees 15

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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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