Minor League Schedule: 6/2/11

For a more in depth review of yesterday’s games please check out our minor league wrap-up which can be found here. I will be at the Altoona-Trenton game tonight with Jeff Locke on the mound and posting a recap shortly after the game ends. Justin Wilson takes the mound tonight for Indy looking to rebound from his worst start of the year when he went just 2 IP with 6 ER allowed.

Waldron gets the start for WV tonight

AAA: Indianapolis (24-30) VS Scranton/WB (28-22) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Justin Wilson (5-3 3.54)

Game notes: Indy lost 1-0 yesterday with the only run being scored off Tony Watson in the 8th inning. He gave up a double and single before getting a groundball out and being replaced. The run scored on a slow grounder to 1B from the next batter. Indy managed just 6 hits with Matt Hague and Andy Marte collecting two apiece. Hague in now batting .296, one point higher than last year but both his slugging and OBP are down

AA: Altoona (27-25) @ Trenton (31-21) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Jeff Locke (3-5 5.33)

Game notes: Live recap of the game was posted here.

High-A: Bradenton (21-32) VS Brevard County (20-33) 7:00pm
Probable starter: Quinton Miller (2-5 7.71)

Game notes: Phillip Irwin went 6.2 IP giving up 4 runs on 12 hits. He gave up just one walk while striking out five and recording 10 outs on the ground. Robbie Grossman went 2-4 with a walk. He now has 36 walks on the year,one behind the FSL leader. Ramon Cabrera went 2-3 with 2 doubles and a walk. Elevys Gonzalez went 2-4 with 2 RBI’s, he now has 33 on the year. Aaron Baker drove in his 39th run, five behind the FSL leader.

Low-A: West Virginia (26-25) VS Lexington (25-28) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Tyler Waldron (4-2 4.30)

Game notes: Zack Von Rosenberg had another strong outing going 6 IP while giving up 1 run on just 3 hits, no walks and he struck out seven. Over the last 11 batters he gave up just a bunt single and he struck out the side in the 6th inning. Victor Black pitched 2 scoreless innings and Brooks Pounders finished the game with a perfect 9th inning. Eric Avila went 3-4 raising his average to a season high .214 which is 65 points higher than what he ended April at. Rogelios Noris hit his 4th homer of the season and 3rd in the last 10 days.

VSL: VSL Pirates (7-7) VS VSL Rays (7-6) 11:00am

Games notes: Alexander Gutierrez pitched 5 scoreless innings in his 3rd career start after giving up 5 ER in his first two starts that lasted just 3.2 combined innings. He gave up just 3 hits but walked 4 and struck out two. Dilson Herrera extended his hitting streak to 13 games to start his career. Jose Roman, Kelly Aponte and Ulises Montilla all had 3 hits each with Aponte hitting his 3rd home run. The rest of the Pirates team has just 3 combined homers and only one player in the league has more than three.

DSL: DSL Pirates (3-1) VS DSL Dodgers (1-4) 10:30am

Game notes: Third year player Ricky Perez got his first start of the year going 3 IP with 2 runs allowed. He gave up 5 hits, walked one and didn’t strike out a batter. Christopher Richardson followed him with 4 scoreless innings. Last year in his first season he struck out 47 batters in 38 IP. Mervin Del Rosario finished the game with 2 scoreless innings and picked up the win. He was a July 2nd signing last year. The team managed 7 hits with Diego Goris driving in 2 runs on a double, the only extra base hit for the Pirates team.

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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