Minor League Schedule: 8/1/12

Indianapolis has off today. They resume their schedule tomorrow night on the road in Scranton for four games, before returning home. State College had off yesterday. Clay Holmes will be on the mound for the Spikes tonight. He has pitched one hit ball in four of his seven outings this season, which are also the first seven games of his pro career. A full recap of yesterday’s games can be found here.

Clay Holmes leads the NYPL in ERA.

Triple-A: Indianapolis (68-43) @ Scranton-WB (61-49) 7:05pm 8/2
Probable starter: Daniel Cabrera (4-5 4.37)

Yesterday’s Result: Buffalo 5 Indianapolis 4 in 11 innings (game recap)

Indianapolis is off today. They currently sit in first place in their division, nine games ahead of a Columbus team that has lost three straight. Indianapolis is 6-4 in their last ten games. Indy has a 28-24 road record, while Scranton is 34-24 at home this year. The Indians have 32 games left in their schedule

Double-A: Altoona (54-54) @ Trenton (65-44) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Phil Irwin (3-7 3.16)

Yesterday’s Result: Trenton 2 Altoona 1 (game recap)

Phil Irwin will make his 15th start for Altoona tonight. He has pitched a total of 88.1 innings, giving up 85 hits, seven homers, 17 walks and he has 71 strikeouts with a 1.81 GO/AO ratio. Phil has been dominant in his last six starts, pitching a total of 42 innings, while allowing five earned runs. His last start was the best of this stretch, going seven shutout innings, allowing just two hits, while striking out nine batters.

High-A: Bradenton (49-59 overall 20-18 2nd half) @ Lakeland (55-48 overall 19-19 2nd half) 6:30pm
Probable starter: Eliecer Navarro (4-5 3.24)

Yesterday’s Result: Bradenton 6 Lakeland 2

Eliecer Navarro will make his eighth start of the season tonight. He has also pitched 18 times in relief. Eliecer has pitched 80.2 innings this year, giving up 74 hits, eight homers, 17 walks and he has 65 strikeouts, with a .239 BAA. As a starter he is 2-4 4.11 in 35 innings with 24 strikeouts. In his last start, Navarro gave up one earned run on four hits and no walks in five innings.

Low-A: West Virginia (44-64 overall 21-17 2nd half) vs Hagerstown (63-45 overall 21-18 2nd half) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Mike Jefferson (4-6 4.81)

Yesterday’s Result: West Virginia 4 Hagerstown 2

Mike Jefferson will make his eighth start of the year tonight. He has also pitched 16 times in relief. He has pitched a total of 73 innings, giving up 73 hits, ten homers, 31 walks and he has 62 strikeouts. As a starter, Jefferson has a 3-2 4.18 record, with 20 strikeouts in 28 innings. In his last start, he threw five shutout innings, allowing four hits and two walks. He has not allowed an earned run in any of his last four outings, a total of 14 innings.

Short Season A: State College (23-18) vs Hudson Valley (27-15) 7:05pm
Probable Starter: Clay Holmes (4-1 0.80)

Yesterday’s Result: State College was off

Clay Holmes will make his eighth start of the season tonight. He has pitched a total of 33.2 innings this year, giving up just 16 hits, no homers, 13 walks and he has 23 strikeouts, with a 1.33 GO/AO ratio and a .139 BAA. All three earned runs he has allowed this season have come in one start, back on 7/2, when he faced Batavia for the second time in five days. Since that game, Clay has thrown 20 shutout innings, allowing a total of six hits.

Rookie: GCL Pirates (21-17) VS GCL Yankees (23-14) 12:00pm

Yesterday’s Result: Phillies 8 Pirates 6

DSL: Pirates1 (30-20) VS Rangers (33-17) 10:30am

Yesterday’s Result: Pirates 10 Marlins 2

DSL: Pirates2 (22-27) VS Nationals (26-24) 10:30am

Yesterday’s Result: Giants 7 Pirates 2

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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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