For an in depth review of yesterday’s games please check out our minor league wrap-up which can be found here. Bradenton’s game last night was suspended by rain in the 2nd inning. They will finish that game today followed up by the regularly scheduled game which will now be 7 innings long. Indianapolis trails in the wild card standings by two games behind both Lehigh Valley and Gwinnett. They have four games left in their season.
AAA: Indianapolis (74-66) @ Louisville (71-68) 7:15pm
Probable starter: Jose Ascanio (2-2 4.50)
Jose will be making his 5th start with Indianapolis tonight. In his last 6 appearances, 2 as a starter, he has thrown 17 shutout innings, allowing just 9 hits. He has struck out a total of 44 batters in 40 innings in AAA. Jose made 8 appearances in the majors this year with the Pirates, giving up 5 runs over 6.1 innings.
AA: Altoona (63-74) VS Richmond (73-65) 7:00pm
Probable starter: Brett Sinkbeil (0-0 2.12)
Brett will be making his 4th start for Altoona tonight. In his last start he gave up 5 runs, just one was earned, over 5 innings pitched. In 17 innings in AA he has struck out 17 batters. He started the year with Bradenton and went 2-6 5.11 in 9 starts and 11 relief appearances.
High-A: Bradenton (70-63 overall 40-23 2nd half) VS Charlotte (64-70 overall 34-31 2nd half) 4:00pm
Probable starter: Brett Lorin (7-6 2.70)
Brett will get his 17th start of the season, he has also made 7 relief appearances this year. He is 2nd on the team in strikeouts with 99 and in 113.1 innings pitched he has walked just 18 batters while posting a 1.03 WHIP. In his last start Brett allowed one run( a solo homer) on just 3 hits and a walk. In his previous start he also allowed just one run over 5 innings and all together, in 9 of his last 10 starts, he has allowed 2 runs or less.
Low-A: West Virginia (65-69 overall 29-36 2nd half) @ Delmarva (55-81 overall 20-46 2nd half) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Zack Von Rosenberg (4-9 6.02)
Zack will get his 25th start of the season tonight to finish out his year. He has pitched a total of 119.2 innings, allowing 143 hits but he has a real nice 23/108 BB/K rate. He leads the team in innings pitched, strikeouts and games started. In his last start he gave up 6 runs in 4 innings ending a streak of seven straight starts with three or less earned runs allowed.
Short Season A: State College (29-43) @ Williamsport (42-31) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Trent Stevenson (0-4 6.46)
Trent will be making his 7th start with State College tonight. His last start was his worst so far as he went 2.2 innings allowing 6 earned runs. He started the year with WV and went 0-3 6.93 in 49.1 innings. Between the two stops he has pitched a total of 80 innings and has allowed just 15 walks but he has given up 113 hits while striking out only 32 batters.
Rookie: GCL Pirates (34-26)
The GCL Pirates finished their season in 2nd place, 3 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 (41-30)
The DSL Pirates finished tied for 2nd in their division, 5.5 games back.
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