For a more in depth review of yesterday’s games please check out our minor league wrap-up which can be found here. Bradenton had off yesterday, they resume their schedule today. The starting pitchers for today are one of the more interesting groups so far, all of them are prospects including Rudy Owens who ranked 7th and Colton Cain who ranked 10th in our 2011 Prospect Guide which can be purchased here. Lineups for today’s games will be posted as soon as they are made available.
AAA: Indianapolis (11-21) @ Durham (19-13) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Rudy Owens (2-3 5.81)
Game notes: Andrew Lambo went 2-3 with a walk and he hit his 2nd homer,driving in 3 runs total. John Bowker hit his first homer since being sent to Indy. Jose Ascanio made his last rehab appearance before the Pirates have to decide whether to activate him or put him through waivers. He gave up 2 runs, one earned, in one inning.
AA: Altoona (14-15) @ Harrisburg (15-15) 7:00pm
Probable starter: Aaron Pribanic (3-0 1.86)
Game notes: Michael Colla pitched 5 strong innings yesterday in just his 3rd career start allowing only one run on 3 hits with 5 strikeouts. Tim Alderson followed him with a scoreless inning in which he struck out two. He now has 17 K’s in 16.1 IP with a 1.10 ERA. Jeremy Farrell went 2-4 with a double and a 2 run homer, his 3rd HR of the season.
High-A: Bradenton (15-16) @ Tampa (10-21) 7:00pm
Probable starter: Jeff Inman (1-0 1.64)
Game notes: Bradenton had the day off yesterday. They resume their schedule tonight in Tampa vs the Tampa Yankees, the team with the worst record in the FSL. Bradenton is in 4th place, six games behind St Lucie.
Low-A: West Virginia (13-15) @ Charleston (12-18) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Colton Cain (1-2 4.03)
Game notes: Brandon Cumpton went 5.2 IP yesterday allowing just 1 run on three hits with 5 K’s getting his 2nd straight win after starting 0-3. Zac Fuesser followed him with 1.1 IP scoreless and he now has a 1.40 ERA with 22 K’s in 19.1 IP. Andrew Maggi reached base 4 times yesterday, a day after reaching base 3 times. He went 2-3 with a walk, HBP and now has a .324 OBP.
West Virginia Lineup:
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Very quietly Tim Alderson is rebounding in Altoona. His strikeout/per inning total is impressive, especially considering that he was becoming a batting practice pitcher not very long ago. If Pribanic throws a good game tonight it’s time for a trip to Indy and a pink slip for Gallagher (who can join his cousins smashing watermellons.)