For an in depth review of yesterday’s games please check out our minor league wrap-up which can be found here. Bradenton’s 2nd game of their doubleheader was canceled due to rain and will not be made up as the two teams do not meet again this season. No starter has been named as of yet for tonight’s Bradenton game.
AAA: Indianapolis (63-57) @ Louisville (61-59) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Garrett Olson (4-1 3.00)
Indianapolis is in 2nd place in their division, 11.5 games back of Columbus, who they play 4 more times this season. In the wildcard standings they are in 3rd place, 4 games behind 1st place Lehigh Valley. They have 24 games left this season and they will play 8 straight games against Louisville starting today
AA: Altoona (52-64) VS Reading (59-58) 7:00pm
Probable starter: Aaron Pribanic (7-9 4.39)
Aaron will make his 23rd start of the year tonight, he has also pitched once in relief. In his last start he allowed 3 runs in 6 innings, getting a no decision against Trenton on Saturday. He threw 7 shutout innings versus Reading on July 26th. He has a 5-5 4.19 record at home this year in 12 starts.
High-A: Bradenton (58-58 overall 28-18 2nd half) @ Jupiter (49-68 overall 17-30 2nd half) 6:35pm
Probable starter: TBD
Bradenton is in 1st place in their division for the 2nd half title. They have a 2.5 game lead over Charlotte, who they play seven more times this season including three times next week. Bradenton is just 4.5 games behind St Lucie for the best overall record in their division.
Low-A: West Virginia (55-59 overall 19-26 2nd half) VS Charleston (45-71 overall 19-27 2nd half) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Zack Von Rosenberg (4-8 6.28)
Zack will make his 21st start of the year tonight, he has also made 2 relief appearances. In his last appearance he allowed just one run on 4 hits, one walk and he struck out six. He threw 5 shutout innings against Charleston on 7/25. Zack is the team leader in strikeouts with 88 and his 100.1 innings pitched is just two behind team leader Colton Cain who has been moved to the bullpen.
Short Season A: State College (22-32) VS Connecticut (23-28) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Matt Benedict (2-3 5.44)
State College is in last place in their division, ten games back of both Auburn and Mahoning Valley who are tied for first place. They have 22 games left this season. The NYPL plays it’s all-star game next Tuesday, Samuel Gonzalez and Wes Freeman will represent the Spikes in the game. Carlos Mesa was also selected but is on the DL and will not play.
Rookie: GCL Pirates (26-20) VS GCL Phillies (20-24) 12:00pm
The GCL Pirates are currently in 2nd place, 4.5 games back in the standings.
VSL: VSL Pirates (40-32)
The VSL Pirates have finished their season. They won the VSL pennant for a sixth straight year.
DSL: DSL Pirates (38-22) VS DSL Indians (27-33) 10:30am
The DSL Pirates are in 2nd place, two games back of the DSL Royals who they play two more times this year. Their season ends on August 19th.
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