Minor League Schedule: 9/3/12

Bradenton closed out their season yesterday, while Altoona and West Virginia each end their schedules today. The DSL Pirates lost the opener of their three game series against the Angels for the league title. The GCL Pirates won the GCL championship Wednesday. Indianapolis wraps up their regular season today and they will begin their playoffs Wednesday. State College is the only team with regular season games scheduled after today. They play until Wednesday. A full recap of yesterday’s games can be found here.

Brandon Cumpton will lead all Pirates minor league pitchers in innings pitched this year

Triple-A: Indianapolis (86-55) @ Louisville (51-92) 1:05pm
Probable starter: TBD

Yesterday’s Result:  Indianapolis 11 Louisville 6 (game story)

No starter has been named yet for Indianapolis, playing their last game of the season this afternoon. They will begin a best-of-five game series against Charlotte on Wednesday night. The first two games will be played in Indianapolis, while the third game will be played in Charlotte. If necessary, the fourth and fifth games will also be played in Charlotte.

Double-A: Altoona (71-70) @ Erie (57-83) 1:35pm
Probable starter: Brandon Cumpton (11-11 3.94)

Yesterday’s Result:   Altoona 8 Erie 1

Brandon Cumpton will get the last start of the season for Altoona, his 27th start of the year. He has pitched a total of 146.1 innings, allowing 147 hits, nine homers, 43 walks and he has 85 strikeouts, to go along with a 2.13 GO/AO ratio. In his last start, Brandon gave up just one run in seven innings, despite allowing 11 hits. He didn’t issue a walk and struck out three batters. He started against Erie on 7/22, giving up one earned run over five innings, picking up the win. He will finish the year second in wins among all Pirates minor league pitchers, Rick VandenHurk has 14 victories.

High-A: Bradenton (60-77 overall 31-36 2nd half) season is complete

Yesterday’s Result:  St Lucie 3 Bradenton 1

Bradenton’s season is over. They finished the second half in fifth place, 7.5 games out of first place. The Marauders finished the first half 21 games out of first, in last place. Overall, they finished 24 games behind first place St Lucie, with the second worst record in the 12 team Florida State League.

Low-A: West Virginia (60-79 overall 37-31 2nd half) vs Delmarva (52-85 overall 24-44 2nd half) 1:05pm
Probable starter:  Zack Von Rosenberg (4-7 4.75)

Yesterday’s Result: West Virginia 3 Delmarva 2 (game one) Delmarva 7 West Virginia 2 (game two)

Zack Von Rosenberg will start the last game of the season for West Virginia, his 17th start of the year. He has pitched a total of 77.2 innings, allowing 91 hits, ten homers, 24 walks and he has 58 strikeouts. In his last start, he allowed three runs on eight hits in six innings, with no walks and five strikeouts. Zack has a 6.03 ERA in seven home starts, 3.88 on the road. Batters are hitting .288 against Zack this year, .325 from the left side.

Short Season A: State College (33-40) vs Williamsport (28-45) 4:05pm
Probable Starter: Joely Rodriguez (3-3 3.77)

Yesterday’s Result:  Williamsport 9 State College 6

Joely Rodriguez will make his 14th start of the season. He has pitched a total of 59.2 innings, allowing 63 hits, two homers, 14 walks and he has 31 strikeouts, with a 1.71 GO/AO ratio. In his last start, Joely gave up six runs on seven hits in 2.2 innings, his shortest outing of the season. It was his third start against Auburn in a twenty day stretch. He has a 4.88 ERA in seven home starts and a 2.54 ERA on the road.

Rookie: GCL Pirates (36-24) Season is complete

DSL: Pirates1 (44-26) vs Angels (40-24) 10:30am

Yesterday’s Result:   Angels 2 Pirates 1

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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