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Minor League Schedule: 7/27/12

Altoona was rained out last night. They will make up the game today as part of a doubleheader consisting of two 7 inning games. State College had their game suspended yesterday in the seventh inning with the score tied at four apiece. They will finish that game today, followed by the regularly scheduled game, which is now seven innings long. A full recap of yesterday’s games can be found here.

Irwin will try again tonight for his sixth straight strong outing

Triple-A: Indianapolis (66-41) vs Pawtucket (59-48) 7:15pm
Probable starter: Daniel Cabrera (4-4 4.31)

Yesterday’s Result: Indianapolis 5 Pawtucket 1 (game recap)

Daniel Cabrera will make his 17th start of the season tonight for Indianapolis. He has pitched a total of  85.2 innings, allowing 91 hits, five homers, 30 walks and he has 50 strikeouts with a 1.13 GO/AO ratio. In his last start, Daniel gave up three runs on six hits over six innings of work. At home this year he is 2-2 4.47 in nine starts.

Double-A: Altoona (51-52) vs New Hampshire (41-64) 6:00pm DH
Probable starter: Phil Irwin (2-7 3.43) and TBD

Yesterday’s Result: Altoona was rained out

Phil Irwin will make his 14th start for Altoona tonight. He has also made one start for Bradenton, one relief appearance for the Curve and he has pitched two complete games. On the year, he has pitched a total 86.1 innings, allowing 85 hits, seven homers, 12 walks and he has 68 strikeouts, with a 1.64 GO/AO ratio and a .265 BAA. Phil has allowed just one earned run in each of his last five starts, throwing a total of 35 innings over that span. At home he is 1-4 3.98 in 43 innings. No starter has been announced for game two as of yet. The likely starter is Brandon Cumpton(9-8 3.42 in 19 starts), who was due to pitch today.

High-A: Bradenton (47-56 overall 18-15 2nd half) vs Daytona (44-58 overall 14-20 2nd half) 6:30pm
Probable starter: Eliecer Navarro (4-4 3.33)

Yesterday’s Result: Daytona 9  Bradenton 7 (game recap)

Eliecer Navarro will make his seventh start of the season tonight. He has also pitched 18 times in relief. He has pitched a total of 75.2 innings, allowing 70 hits, seven homers, 17 walks and he has 62 strikeouts. As a starter, Eliecer is 2-3 4.50 in 30 innings. His last start came on 7/7, when he allowed just one run over six innings of work. He faced Daytona on 6/6, giving up three runs in 3.1 innings.

Low-A: West Virginia (41-63 overall 18-16 2nd half) @ Lakewood (44-59 overall 18-16 2nd half) 7:00pm
Probable starter: Mike Jefferson (3-6 5.16)

Yesterday’s Result: Greensboro 9 West Virginia 6

Mike Jefferson will get his seventh start of the season tonight. He is taking the rotation spot of Ryan Hafner, who was moved to the bullpen where he pitched in relief yesterday. Jefferson has made two starts this month, pitching a total of eight innings with three hits and no runs allowed. On the year, he has pitched 68 innings, giving up 69 hits, ten homers, 29 walks and he has 58 strikeouts, with an 0.56 GO/AO ratio and a .254 BAA.

Short Season A: State College (21-16) @ Connecticut (16-21) 7:05pm
Probable Starter: TBD

Yesterday’s Result: State College  was suspended in the seventh inning with a 4-4 score.

No starter has been named for State College as of yet for tonight. Adrian Sampson, the 5th round draft pick from this year is due in the rotation. He has an 0-0 4.60 record in three starts and two relief outings.

Rookie: GCL Pirates (21-13) VS GCL Braves (9-25) 12:00pm

Yesterday’s Result:  Tigers 6 Pirates 3 in 10 innings (game recap)

DSL: Pirates1 (27-19) VS Red Sox (27-19) 10:30am

Yesterday’s Result: Pirates 10 Yankees 5

DSL: Pirates2 (20-25) VS Yankees1 (33-12) 10:30am

Yesterday’s Result: Pirates 8 Mets 5

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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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