For a more in depth review of yesterday’s games please check out our minor league wrap-up which can be found here. Indianapolis had off yesterday, they resume today with Rudy Owens on the mound. Altoona plays another morning game vs Bowie today, same time as yesterday’s game. Altoona remains in a tie for first place in their division with Harrisburg despite being just one game over .500. Lineups for today’s games will be posted as soon as they are made available.
AAA: Indianapolis (20-27) @ Pawtucket (24-21) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Rudy Owens (3-3 4.17)
Game notes: Indianapolis was off last night. They resume their schedule today with a four game series in Pawtucket. They currently sit in last place in their division, 12.5 games behind Columbus.
AA: Altoona (23-22) VS Bowie (23-23) 10:30am
Probable starter: Aaron Pribanic (4-1 2.11)
Game notes: Michael Colla pitched 5 strong innings allowing just a first inning run,while picking up his 3rd win of the season. He gave up 5 hits,1 walk and struck out four. Tim Alderson pitched one scoreless inning lowering his ERA to 0.98. Bryan Morris pitched the last 3 innings scoreless giving up just an infield single and a walk in the 8th inning. He struck out three. Starling Marte and Brock Holt each went 2-5. Jeremy Farrell went 2-4 and Eric Fryer went 3-4 raising his average to .337.
High-A: Bradenton (19-28) @ Daytona (35-12) 7:00pm
Probable starter: Phillip Irwin (2-0 0.96)
Game notes: Kyle McPherson pitched 5 innings allowing just one run on 7 hits and 2 walks, his first multi-walk game of the year. Donald Veal pitched 1.1 IP giving up 2 runs in his second game since returning from Tommy John surgery. Brian Leach made his first appearance since being sent down from Altoona and allowed one run in 1.2 IP. Jarek Cunningham went 3-4 with a double and his 11th homer.
Low-A: West Virginia (21-23) @ Delmarva (26-20) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Colton Cain (2-4 3.55)
Game notes: Brandon Cumpton pitched 6.2 scoreless innings allowing just 3 hits, a walk and a HBP. He struck out 8 and has now given up just 4 earned runs in his last 5 starts. Brooks Pounders pitched 1.1 IP scoreless and Jason Townsend got his 3rd save. Elias Diaz went 2-4 with 2 RBI’s. Eric Avila added 2 hits and got his May average to .300 while finally raising his season average to over .200.
VSL: VSL Pirates (4-4) @ VSL Mariners (7-2) 11:00am
Games notes: Julio Vivas,a 17 year old righty, made his second pro start going 3 IP giving up 2 runs, no walks and 2 K’s. Daniel Urbina pitched 3 scoreless innings in his 2nd pro appearance. Kelly Aponte went 2-2 with 2 walks and 3 RBI’s. Jose Roman went 2-4 with a walk and Dilson Herrera went 1-5 and has hit safely in all 7 of his games so far.
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