The two minor league playoff series went in opposite directions last night, as Altoona went down 2-1 in the series against Akron and Bradenton opened the Florida State League finals with an 8-1 victory.
Altoona has to win the next two games in Akron to move on to the Eastern League finals. They will go with Brandon Waddell tonight and if they win to stay alive, then Tyler Eppler will get the ball on Sunday. Waddell has faced Akron three times this season already. He pitched once in Akron and had no control in that game, allowing four runs (three earned) on five hits and six walks in 4.2 innings. Less than half of his pitches went for strikes that night. Akron seems to have a great eye against Waddell, or he just has trouble throwing them strikes all of the time. In 14.2 innings, he has ...
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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.