Minor League Schedule: 5/31/11

For a more in depth review of yesterday’s games please check out our minor league wrap-up which can be found here. There were a number of roster moves made yesterday including promoting Matt Curry to Altoona. For a summary of them please view the article posted here from yesterday. Bradenton had the day off yesterday, they resume their schedule today against Brevard County. Please note the early morning start time of West Virginia with Colton Cain on the mound. I will be covering the Altoona-Trenton series in person for this site and will post game recaps after each game and a series wrap-up following it’s conclusion.

Rudy Owens starts today for Indy

AAA: Indianapolis (24-28) VS Scranton/WB (26-22) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Rudy Owens (4-3 4.21)

Game notes: Indy won yesterday with their new look lineup, three new players from Altoona, Shelby Ford, Miles Durham and Eric Fryer all started with Ford adding 3 hits and scoring 2 runs. Tony Watson got the win with 2 scoreless innings in relief in which he struck out 5 batters. John Bowker went 3-4 with 3 RBI’s. Matt Hague and Brian Friday each had 2 hits.

AA: Altoona (26-24) @ Trenton (31-19) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Aaron Pribanic (4-2 2.60)

Game notes: Michael Colla gave up just 4 hits yesterday while pitching 6 shutout innings to get his 4th win. He walked none and struck out 2 lowering his ERA to 2.20 over 45 IP. Bryan Morris followed him with 3 scoreless innings striking out two and facing the minimum 9 batters. Quincy Latimore hit his 4th homer. Matt Curry made his AA debut going 1-4 with a single. Jeremy Farrell went 2-3 with an RBI and 2 runs scored.

High-A: Bradenton (19-32) VS Brevard County (20-31) 6:00pm
Probable starter: Kyle McPherson (3-1 3.22)

Game notes: Bradenton was off yesterday. They are currently 9 games back in their division tied for last place with Charlotte. Ft Myers and St Lucie are tied for first place.

Low-A: West Virginia (24-25) VS Hickory (27-23) 11:05am
Probable starter: Colton Cain (3-4 3.68)

Game notes: Brandon Cumpton pitched 7 strong innings yesterday giving up just one earned run on 2 hits. He walked two,struck out four and has now won his last 6 starts. Trent Stevenson followed him with 2 innings giving up 4 earned runs. Mel Rojas Jr went 2-4 with a walk and RBI. Daniel Grovatt went 1-3 with 3 RBI’s. Rogelios Noris hit his 3rd homer of the year in the 8th inning, a three run shot.

VSL: VSL Pirates (6-6) VS VSL Mariners (8-3) 11:00am

Games notes: Oderman Rocha made his 2nd start yesterday giving up one earned run in 4 IP while striking out four. Dilson Herrera went 3-3 with 2 runs scored and a double. He has now hit safely in 11 straight games to open his career. Jordan Galvez went 1-3 with a walk and 2 stolen bases. Carlos Esqueda stole home for the 2nd time this season.

DSL: DSL Pirates (2-0) VS DSL Red Sox (2-1) 10:30am

Game notes: Yesterday’s Pirates-Mets game in the DSL was suspended in the middle of the 7th with the score 4-4. Angel Sanchez started the game but was unable to retire a single batter, giving up 4 runs on 4 hits and a HBP. Rinku Singh, Jose Ortiz, Jimmy Hernandez and Diomedes Mateo were all assigned to the DSL roster. Alen Hanson and Jodaneli Carvajal were removed and are likely in Bradenton.

John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball.

When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.

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