Minor League Schedule: 7/29/12

State College was rained out yesterday. They will make up the game as part of a doubleheader today, consisting of two 7 inning games. Both DSL teams, as well as the GCL Pirates, have off today. A full recap of yesterday’s games can be found here.

Justin Wilson will be the third IL pitcher to reach 22 starts this year

Triple-A: Indianapolis (67-41) vs Buffalo (52-55) 1:15pm
Probable starter:  Justin Wilson (8-4 4.06)

Yesterday’s Result: Indianapolis 6 Buffalo 0 (game recap)

Justin Wilson will make his 22nd start of the year today. He has pitched 108.2 innings, giving up just 80 hits, with 11 homers, 55 walks and he has 113 strikeouts. In his last start, Justin threw five shutout innings, allowing five hits and three walks. He had hit a rough patch prior to that, getting tagged for 15 runs over 12 innings in his previous three outings. Wilson ranks 11th in the International League with his 1.24 WHIP and he sits in second place in strikeouts.

Double-A: Altoona (53-53) vs New Hampshire (42-66) 6:00pm
Probable starter:   Kris Johnson (0-0 2.35)

Yesterday’s Result: New Hampshire 5 Altoona 1 (game recap)

Kris Johnson will make his fifth start for Altoona, and eighth overall start, with three coming while he was with Indianapolis. Between both spots, he has also made 21 relief appearances. On the year, Kris has pitched 63.1 innings, giving up 61 hits, eight homers, 28 walks and he has 50 strikeouts, with a 1.55 GO/AO ratio. He was on a limited pitch count his last start, going 3.2 innings with just one run allowed.

High-A: Bradenton (48-57 overall 19-16 2nd half) vs Daytona (45-59 overall 15-21 2nd half) 5:00pm
Probable starter:  Matt Benedict (0-5 9.88)

Yesterday’s Result: Bradenton 9 Daytona 7

Matt Benedict will make his eighth start of the season tonight for Bradenton. He also made 14 starts with West Virginia prior to his call-up. His numbers with Bradenton are well off the pace he set with WV, where he went 4-4 3.42 in 76.1 innings. With the Marauders, he has pitched 27.1 innings, giving up 34 hits, four homers, 16 walks and he has 12 strikeouts. In his last start, Matt went four innings, giving up five runs on six hits and two walks.

Low-A: West Virginia (42-64 overall 19-17 2nd half) @ Lakewood (45-60 overall 19-17 2nd half) 5:05pm
Probable starter:  Nick Kingham (3-7 5.26)

Yesterday’s Result: Lakewood 2 West Virginia 0 (game recap)

Nick Kingham will make his 21st start of the season tonight. He has pitched a total of 90.2 innings, giving up 94 hits, 14 homers, 28 walks and he has 85 strikeouts, with a 1.22 GO/AO ratio. In his last start, Nick went six innings without allowing a run. It was the second time in a row he threw six shutout frames. He faced Lakewood on 6/25, giving up three runs in five innings, and then faced them again ten days later, when he allowed six runs over five innings.

Short Season A: State College (23-16) @ Lowell (13-26) 5:05pm DH
Probable Starter: Adrian Sampson (0-0 4.60) and  Joely Rodriguez (2-0 3.21)

Yesterday’s Result: State College  was rained out

Adrian Sampson will make his fourth start of the season tonight. He has made five total appearances this year since being drafted in the fifth round of the amateur draft. Sampson has pitched a total of 15.2 innings, giving up 18 hits, one homer, five walks and he has 17 strikeouts. In his last start, he gave up five runs (three earned) over four innings of work. Joely Rodriguez will get the other start tonight. He has pitched a total of 33.2 innings, giving up 29 hits, one homer, nine walks and he has 15 strikeouts, with a 1.55 GO/AO ratio. In his last start, Joely gave up five runs on ten hits, both season highs. He had not allowed more than one earned run in any of his four previous starts.

Rookie: GCL Pirates (22-15) VS GCL Phillies (17-18) 12:00pm 7/30

Yesterday’s Result: Braves 7 Pirates 6

DSL: Pirates1 (28-20) VS Marlins (13-34) 10:30am 7/30

Yesterday’s Result:Pirates 10 Red Sox 9

DSL: Pirates2 (21-26) VS Giants (27-21) 10:30am 7/30

Yesterday’s Result: Pirates 3 Yankees 1

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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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