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Minor League Schedule: 8/26/12

Jameson Taillon will make his second start at AA today, coming off five shutout innings in his opener. West Virginia is three games out in their division, with eight games left on the season. Bradenton trails first place Jupiter(today’s opponent) by 2.5 with eight games left. The Marauders have postponed Monday’s game already due to the tropical storm in the area. They will play a doubleheader Tuesday. Indianapolis won their division. The GCL Pirates will play the Cardinals affiliate in a one game playoff today, with the winner advancing to a best of three series for the GCL title. The DSL regular season is over. The DSL Pirates1 clinched a playoff spot Thursday and they are slated to begin the playoffs against the Mets on Monday. All five probables scheduled for today are right-handed pitchers. A full recap of yesterday’s games can be found here.

Jameson Taillon pictured here in his first AA start against Trenton

Triple-A: Indianapolis (82-53) vs Columbus (68-67) 1:15pm
Probable starter: Rick VandenHurk (12-4 3.04)

Yesterday’s Result: Indianapolis 8 Columbus 6 (game story)

Rick VandenHurk will make his 18th start for Indianapolis tonight. He has also pitched  twice in relief and made one start for Bradenton early in the year. For Indy, Rick has pitched a total of 112.1 innings, giving up 104 hits, eight homers, 34 walks and he has 102 strikeouts. He has a 1.16 GO/AO ratio and a .245 BAA. In his last start, Rick gave up one unearned run over 7.1 innings, striking out eight. He has record at least seven strikeouts in six of his last seven starts. He faced Columbus on 8/10, allowing three runs in 5.1 innings.

Double-A: Altoona (64-68) vs Richmond (67-66) 6:00pm
Probable starter: Jameson Taillon (1-0 0.00)

Yesterday’s Result:   Altoona 3 Richmond  0

Jameson Taillon will get his second start for Altoona today. He threw five shutout innings in his opener on Tuesday night, allowing four hits, no walks and he struck out six. Before being promoted to AA, he made 23 starts for Bradenton, posting a 6-8 3.82 record. In 125 innings there, he allowed 109 hits, ten homers, 37 walks and he struck out 98. Jameson had a 1.08 GO/AO ratio and a .230 BAA.

High-A: Bradenton (59-71 overall 30-30 2nd half) @ Jupiter (68-61 overall 32-27 2nd half) 1:05pm
Probable starter: Casey Sadler (4-5 3.62)

Yesterday’s Result:  Bradenton 4 Jupiter 1

Casey Sadler will get his 16th start of the season tonight. He has also made 15 relief appearances, all prior to the start of July. As a starter, Casey is 4-3 3.80, with 83 innings pitched, allowing 74 hits, four homers and 22 walks. He also struck out 53 batters in that role, with a 1.75 GO/AO ratio and a .242 BAA. In his last start, Sadler gave up one run on three hits in five innings. He has a 2.81 ERA in 52 road innings.

Low-A: West Virginia (57-74 overall 34-27 2nd half) vs Hickory (70-61 overall 34-28 2nd half) 2:05pm
Probable starter: Robby Rowland (8-4 3.48)

Yesterday’s Result:    West Virginia 4 Hickory 3

Robby Rowland will make his 18th start of the year today. He has pitched a total of 95.2 innings, allowing 95 hits, nine homers, 22 walks and he has 54 strikeouts, with a 1.74 GO/AO ratio. In his last start he gave up four runs in six innings, throwing four scoreless innings to end the outing. Robby struck out eight batters, double the amount of his previous season high set numerous times. At home this year, Rowland is 5-2 3.21 in eight starts. He has not allowed more than four earned runs in any start this year.

Short Season A: State College (31-34) vs Jamestown (28-36) 6:05pm
Probable Starter: Jason Creasy (0-4 4.99)

Yesterday’s Result:   State College 5 Jamestown 0

Jason Creasy will start for the 13th time the year. He has pitched a total of 48.2 innings, giving up 59 hits, three homers, 17 walks and he has 28 strikeouts, with an 0.88 GO/AO ratio and a .299 BAA. In his last start, he gave up two runs on five hits and two walks in 4.1 innings. It was his fifth straight start in which he failed to get through five innings of work. Jason has a 3.55 home ERA in six starts and a 6.56 road ERA.

Rookie: GCL Pirates (36-24) vs GCL Cardinals (34-24) 12:00pm

Yesterday’s Result: Yankees 5 Pirates 2

DSL: Pirates1 (44-26) vs Mets (44-26) 10:30am 8/27

Yesterday’s Result:   Pirates were off

DSL: Pirates2 (34-34) Season is complete

 

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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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