Clay Holmes will get the start for West Virginia today on the road. He has had trouble with walks all season, issuing 28 free passes in 36 innings. He has walked at least three batters in seven of his eight starts and only two pitchers in the South Atlantic League have allowed more walks. West Virginia has an early morning start time today. Indianapolis has off today. For a look at the possible starters over the next few weeks, please check out our Probable Pitchers Chart. We have added a Recent Transactions section to the bottom of this page, for all Pirates minor league transactions. A full recap of yesterday’s action can be found here.
AAA: Indianapolis (32-15) @ Buffalo (26-18) 7:05pm 5/23
Probable starter: Brandon Cumpton (3-2, 2.83)
Yesterday’s Result: Pawtucket 9, Indianapolis 8
Indianapolis is off today. When they resume play on Thursday, they will finish up their current road trip with four games in Buffalo. Last week, Indianapolis won two of three against Buffalo at home. The Indians have a 3.5 game lead in their division and they also have the best record in the entire International League. They are 12-10 on the road, 20-5 at home. Indianapolis has gone 6-4 in their last ten games.
AA: Altoona (19-26) @ Reading (17-26) 6:35pm
Probable starter: David Bromberg (2-4, 4.65)
Yesterday’s Result: Reading 3, Altoona 0
David Bromberg will get his fifth start of the season tonight. He has also pitched four times in relief. As a starter, he is 1-3, 4.29 in 21 innings. He has a .308 BAA as a starter, .222 when he pitches in relief. Bromberg threw five scoreless innings in his last outing, a relief appearance on 5/16 against Trenton. On the road, he is 0-2, 7.00 in two relief appearances and one start.
High-A: Bradenton (17-28) vs Tampa (19-24) 6:30pm
Probable starter: Zack Dodson (0-1, 3.06)
Yesterday’s Result: Tampa 7, Bradenton 0
Zack Dodson will make his fourth start of the season tonight. In his opener, he went five innings, allowing three earned runs on five hits and two walks. In his second outing, he gave up two runs on six hits in six innings. Dodson pitched even better in his last start, allowing one run over 6.2 innings. He has allowed a home run in all three starts. In 17.2 innings, he has 11 strikeouts, a 1.53 GO/AO ratio and a .206 BAA.
Low-A: West Virginia (23-22) @ Kannapolis (15-26) 10:05am
Probable starter: Clay Holmes (1-3, 5.50)
Yesterday’s Result: West Virginia 9, Kannapolis 3
Clay Holmes will make his ninth start of the season today. He is coming off what was possibly his best start of the season, one-hit ball over five innings of work. Prior to that, he was on the disabled list with a minor ankle injury that pushed his start back four days. Holmes has pitched on the road only twice this season, giving up three runs over five innings on 4/26 and 11 days earlier, he threw 5.1 scoreless innings. He has a 1.96 GO/AO ratio and a .254 BAA.
5/20 Alex Dickerson placed on DL. Justin Howard added to Altoona roster.
5/19 Chase d’Arnaud assigned to Altoona roster.
5/18 Jeff Karstens added to Altoona roster.
5/16 Clay Holmes activated from DL. Josh Smith assigned to Jamestown roster.
5/16 Cesar Lopez sent to Extended Spring Training. Kurt Yacko assigned to Bradenton roster