Minor League Schedule: 7/11/11

Baker is the expected starter for Bradenton today.

For an in depth review of yesterday’s games please check out our minor league wrap-up which can be found here. Both the GCL and VSL teams were off yesterday. Indianapolis will take their all-star break starting today and resume their schedule on Thursday. The DSL Pirates and West Virginia both have off today.

AAA: Indianapolis (47-45) @ Columbus (58-33) 7:05pm 7/14
Probable starter: (TBD)

Indy is currently in 3rd place, 11.5 games behind first place Columbus. Matt Hague will represent Indy in the AAA all-star game on Wednesday night

AA: Altoona (37-51) VS Bowie (46-41) 12:00pm
Probable starter: Phillip Irwin (3-1 3.18)

Irwin will be making his 4th start for Altoona this afternoon. In his last appearance he relieved in the 2nd inning for rehabbing Joe Beimel who pitched one inning. Irwin went 6.1 innings allowing one run on three hits with no walks and three strikeouts. Between Altoona and Bradenton, Irwin has an 8-1 2.37 record with 55 strikeouts in 76 innings.

High-A: Bradenton (40-48 overall 10-8 2nd half) VS Lakeland (43-42 overall 7-8 2nd half) 7:00pm
Probable starter: Nate Baker (5-5 3.89)

Baker will make his 15th start of the season today, he has also made 4 relief appearances. At home this year he has a 3-3 4.93 record in 6 starts and two relief appearances. In his last start he gave up two runs in 8.1 innings and in the previous start he struck out eight batters. In his last 10 games Nate has a 3-2 2.49 record in 47 innings pitched.

Low-A: West Virginia (41-45 overall 6-12 2nd half) VS Hickory ( 51-35 overall 11-7 2nd half) 7:05pm 7/12
Probable starter: (TBD)

West Virginia is currently in last place in the SAL, six games behind Hagerstown for the 2nd half title.

Short Season A: State College (6-18) VS Batavia (13-11) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Ryan Hafner (0-1 3.24)

Hafner will make his 5th start of the year today. He pitched 3.2 innings last game giving up 4 runs on 5 hits, 3 walks and 4 strikeouts. He has 14 strikeouts in 16.2 innings this year and has struck out four hitters in each of his last three appearances. Prior to last night’s win, State College had lost seven in a row.

Rookie: GCL Pirates (11-7) VS GCL Yankees (10-8) 12:00pm

The GCL Pirates are in 1st place, tied with the Phillies.

VSL: VSL Pirates (28-18) VS VSL Tigers (16-30) 11:00am

The VSL Pirates are in first place and have a 2 1/2 game lead over the 2nd place Mariners and Rays.

DSL: DSL Pirates (22-12) VS DSL Astros (12-17) 10:30am 7/12

The DSL Pirates are in 1st place, one game ahead of the DSL Red Sox

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