Minor League Schedule: 7/20/12

Both West Virginia and Altoona had their games rained out yesterday. Both will play a doubleheader today, participating in 2 seven inning games. Due to the rain, Gerrit Cole had his start pushed back until tonight. Altoona originally had a scheduled doubleheader today. Last night’s rainout will be made up on Sunday. A full recap of yesterday’s games can be found here.

Cole will start game one of today’s doubleheader in Altoona

Triple-A: Indianapolis (61-38) @ Toledo (39-59) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Rick VandenHurk (9-1 3.43)

Yesterday’s Result: Indianapolis 5 Gwinnett 4 in 10 innings (Game story)

Rick VandenHurk will make his 11th start of the season for Indy tonight. He has also made a start for Bradenton as well as two relief appearances for Indianapolis. As a starter for Indy, Rick has gone 8-1 3.95,  throwing 57 innings with 57 hits allowed, five homers, 21 walks and he has struck out 46 batters. In his last start, he went six innings with two runs allowed on six hits and three walks. On the road, VandenHurk has a 4.26 ERA in 31.2 innings.

Double-A: Altoona (45-49) VS Erie (45-51) 6:00pm DH
Probable starter: Gerrit Cole (2-2 5.17) and TBD

Yesterday’s Result: Altoona was rained out

Gerrit Cole will make his fifth start for Altoona tonight. Prior to being promoted he made 13 starts for Bradenton, going 5-1 2.55 in 67 innings with 69 strikeouts and a .217 BAA. Gerrit has struggled with Altoona, giving up 22 hits in 15.2 innings(.324 BAA) and twice he has been unable to go five innings due to his pitch count. He has a great BB/K ratio in AA, with two walks and 16 strikeouts to his credit.  In his last start, Cole gave up three runs over four innings of work, taking the loss. The starter for game two will likely be Michael Colla or Phil Irwin, the two listed probables for today’s game before last night’s rainout.

High-A: Bradenton (44-53 overall 15-12 2nd half) vs Tampa (47-47 overall 17-10 2nd half) 6:30pm
Probable starter: Casey Sadler (1-4 3.16)

Yesterday’s Result: Bradenton 4  Tampa 3

Casey Sadler will make his ninth start of the season tonight. He has also made 15 relief appearances, although each of his last six outings have come in the starting role. In 41 innings as a starter, Casey is 1-2 3.07 with 36 hits allowed, no homers, eight walks and he has 31 strikeouts. In his last start, he gave up three runs on six hits in seven innings. He struck out ten batters, one short of the team record. On the year, he has a 1.26 GO/AO ratio and a .249 BAA.

Low-A: West Virginia (37-59 overall 14-12 2nd half) vs Delmarva (37-57 overall 9-16 2nd half) 6:05pm DH
Probable starter: Zack Dodson (4-5 5.36) and Robby Rowland (5-2 3.06)

Yesterday’s Result: West Virginia was rained out

Zack Dodson will make his 19th start of the season tonight. He has pitched a total of 84 innings, allowing 100 hits, nine homers, 32 walks and he has 55 strikeouts. In his last start, Zack threw a 7 inning complete game, allowing just one run on four hits and one walk, with three strikeouts. He threw six innings in his previous start, allowing three runs(all unearned) on six hits and no walks. He last faced Delmarva on 7/1, going 1.2 innings, with five runs on six hits and two walks. Robby Rowland will get the start in game two, making his 12th appearance of the season, 11th as a starter. He has pitched a total of 53 innings, giving up 54 hits, two homers, 15 walks and he has 27 strikeouts. In his last start, Robby allowed six runs(three earned) and didn’t strike out a batter in 3.2 innings, his shortest start of the year.

Short Season A: State College (16-15) @ Williamsport (11-20) 7:05pm
Probable Starter: Jason Creasy (0-2 4.50)

Yesterday’s Result: State College 7 Williamsport 4 (Game story)

Jason Creasy will make his seventh start of the year tonight. He has pitched a total of 26 innings, surrendering 28 hits, two homers, seven walks and he has 14 strikeouts. In his last start, Jason went five innings, allowing three runs on a season high seven hits and for the first time, he failed to record a strikeout. Creasy faced Williamsport in his first start of the year, giving up three runs on three hits and two walks in 2.2 IP.

Rookie: GCL Pirates (16-12) VS GCL Yankees (19-9) 12:00pm

Yesterday’s Result: Pirates 2 Phillies 1

DSL: Pirates1 (25-15) VS Rangers (25-14) 10:30am

Yesterday’s Result: Pirates 9 Marlins 1

DSL: Pirates2 (16-24) VS Phillies (19-21) 10:30am

Yesterday’s Result: Pirates 1 DBacks/Reds 5

John Dreker

Author: 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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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=72405411 Ian Rothermund

    I’ve always been interested to know the excuse as to why a starting pitcher has to pitch 5 complete innings to qualify for a win. At the same time he can lose the game if he gives up a lead off home run and has to be pulled for an injury, and a relief pitcher can get the win for pitching 1/3 of an inning at any part of the game.

    Not an entirely relevant comment, but seeing about Cole not going 5 innings made me think of that.

    • http://www.piratesprospects.com Tim Williams

      I’ve always wondered that myself. Seems like it should be a scorekeeper’s choice if a starter goes less than five. It shouldn’t automatically disqualify him.