Minor League Schedule: Important Game For West Virginia Tonight In Playoff Race

West Virginia lost last night, dropping them into second place in their division for the second half title. They are still in the playoff lead because Hagerstown is the team that overtook them Monday night and they already clinched a playoff spot with their first half title. The Power lost to Hickory last night, the team they are 1.5 games ahead of for the second playoff spot. Check out the 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. The latest Dominican Summer League recap can be found here.

David Bromberg had the best start last week among all Pirates pitchers

David Bromberg had the best start last week among all Pirates pitchers

AAA: Indianapolis (73-58) @ Syracuse (61-70) 7:00pm
Probable starter: Stolmy Pimentel (2-5, 3.30)
Yesterday’s Result: Syracuse 6, Indianapolis 2

Stolmy Pimentel will make his 13th start for Indianapolis tonight. He also made 13 starts for Altoona, going 4-3, 3.61 in 77.1 innings. For Indianapolis, he has thrown 79 innings, giving up 62 hits, six homers and 19 walks. He has 55 strikeouts, a 1.21 GO/AO ratio and a .215 BAA. In his last start, Pimentel threw eight innings, giving up three runs on five hits and a walk. He is 0-4, 3.63 in his last six starts.

AA: Altoona (58-68) vs Reading (53-74) 7:00pm
Probable starter:  David Bromberg (6-9, 3.32)
Yesterday’s Result: Reading 4, Altoona 2 (game one) Altoona 3, Reading 2 (game two)

David Bromberg will make his 19th start for Altoona tonight. He has also pitched five times in relief and he made two starts for Indianapolis. For Altoona, he has thrown 119.1 innings, allowing 102 hits, five homers and 45 walks. He has 114 strikeouts, an 0.93 GO/AO ratio and a .234 BAA. In his last start, he went eight shutout innings, giving up two hits, one walk and he struck out seven batters. In his previous start, he allowed one run over seven innings and also recorded seven strikeouts.

High-A: Bradenton (50-70 overall, 24-28 2nd half) vs Jupiter (64-61) 6:30pm
Probable starter:  Pat Ludwig (1-2, 4.82)
Yesterday’s Result: Bradenton was off yesterday

Pat Ludwig will get the start tonight for Bradenton. He is coming off a seven inning shutout performance in which he gave up two hits, one walk and had seven strikeouts. He was named the FSL Pitcher of the Week last week.

Low-A: West Virginia (72-54 overall, 35-21 2nd half) @ Charleston (67-58) 7:05pm
Probable starter: John Kuchno (8-5, 4.01)
Yesterday’s Result: Hickory 5, West Virginia 3

John Kuchno will get the start for West Virginia tonight. He has made 20 starts and two relief appearances, throwing a total of 112.1 innings, with 115 hits allowed, six homers and 40 walks. He has 81 strikeouts, a 2.37 GO/AO ratio and a .269 BAA. In his last start, he went six innings, allowing one unearned run on one hit and two walks, striking out six batters.

Short-Season A: Jamestown (35-22) @ Mahoning Valley (23-34) 7:05pm
Probable Starter: Chad Kuhl (2-4, 2.55)
Yesterday’s Result: Jamestown 8, Auburn 7

Chad Kuhl will make his tenth start of the season tonight. He has pitched a total of 35.1 innings, allowing 32 hits, no homers and five walks. He has 21 strikeouts, an 0.95 GO/AO ratio and a .241 BAA. In his last start, he went five innings, giving up three runs(two earned) on five hits and no walks or strikeouts.  Kuhl has faced Auburn twice already, throwing three shutout innings the first time and then he lasted just two innings, allowing three unearned runs in the second meeting.

Rookie:  GCL Pirates (25-26) vs GCL Yankees2 (31-19) 12:00pm
Probable Starter: Billy Roth (0-1, 1.50)
Yesterday’s Result: Pirates 3, Yankees2 2

Billy Roth will make the fifth start of his career this afternoon. He has thrown 12 innings, allowing eight hits, no homers, four walks and he has seven strikeouts. In his last start, Roth threw four shutout innings. It was the first time he went more than three innings. He faced the Yankees2 in his second start, allowing one run on three hits and no walks in three innings.

DSL: Pirates1 (38-29) vs Yankees2 (15-52) 10:30am
Yesterday’s Result: Pirates1 11, Yankees2 3

DSL: Pirates2 (42-23) vs Cubs (45-20) 10:30am
Yesterday’s Result: Pirates2 2, Cubs 1

Recent Transactions

8/20 John Kuchno added to West Virginia roster from Jamestown. Francisco Aponte sent to Jamestown.

8/19 James McDonald assigned to GCL Pirates on rehab.

8/19 Travis Snider assigned to Altoona on rehab.

8/19 Wyatt Mathisen assigned to Jamestown on rehab.

8/17 Candon Myles promoted to Jamestown.

8/16 Eric Wood placed on disabled list. Francisco Aponte promoted to West Virginia. Adam Landecker promoted to Jamestown.

8/15 Ali Solis sent to Altoona from Indianapolis.

8/15 John Kuchno sent to Jamestown. Jimmy Rider added to West Virginia roster.

8/15 Tyler Waldron promoted to Altoona. Kirk Singer added to Bradenton roster

8/11 Francisco Aponte activated from Jamestown disabled list.

8/11 Kenn Kasparek activated from Altoona disabled list. Ethan Hollingsworth placed on disabled list.

8/8 Kurt Yacko placed on disabled list.

8/7 Zack Dodson returned to Bradenton roster.

8/6 Zack Dodson promoted to Altoona. Kenn Kasparek placed on disabled list.

8/5 Jameson Taillon promoted to Indianapolis. Ethan Hollingsworth sent to Altoona.

8/3 Vic Black sent to Indianapolis. David Bromberg sent to Altoona

8/3 Robert Andino added to Indianapolis roster. Jeff Larish released

John Dreker

Author: 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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