Just a note on when the short-season teams begin their play. The two teams from the Dominican Summer League will begin their 72 game schedule on June 2nd. The State College Spikes will begin their 76 game schedule on June 18th. The Gulf Coast League Pirates will begin their 60 game schedule on June 18th as well. A full recap of yesterday’s games can be found here.
Triple-A: Indianapolis (19-14) VS Norfolk (14-18) 7:15pm
Probable starter: Daniel Cabrera (0-0 4.22)
Yesterday’s Result: Indianapolis 1 Lehigh Valley 5 (game story here)
Daniel Cabrera will make his third start for Indianapolis tonight. He also made one start earlier in the season while with Bradenton, allowing one run on seven hits, with no walks and five strikeouts in six innings. In his first start for Indy on 5/1, Daniel lasted 3.2 innings, giving up three runs on six hits and four walks. Five days ago in his second start, he allowed two runs in seven innings, giving up six hits and no walks.
Double-A: Altoona (13-19) @ Erie (15-17) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Phillip Irwin (1-0 1.80 with Bradenton)
Yesterday’s Result: Altoona 4 Erie 8
Phillip Irwin will make his first start of the year with Altoona tonight. He made one start with Bradenton on 5/5, going five innings, allowing one run on two hits with no walks and two strikeouts. He missed the beginning of the year with an arm injury, his second since the end of last season, with the first coming during the 2011 Arizona Fall League. Phil went 13-4 3.14 last year in 140.2 innings, splitting the year between Altoona and Bradenton
High-A: Bradenton (17-17) VS Clearwater (17-15) 6:30pm
Probable starter: Hunter Strickland (2-0 2.08)
Yesterday’s Result: Bradenton 16 Clearwater 3
Hunter Strickland will make his fourth start of the season tonight. It will be his first start since 4/21, when he left the game after getting hit with a line drive. He allowed one run in two innings that game. In his first start of the season, he gave up two runs in five innings, then Hunter followed that up with six shutout innings. In 13 innings, he has allowed 14 hits, two walks and has struck out ten batters.
Low-A: West Virginia (11-22) VS Charleston (22-9) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Ryan Hafner (0-2 7.71)
Yesterday’s Result: West Virginia 3 Charleston 15
Ryan Hafner will make his fourth start of the season tonight. He missed the beginning of the year with a hamstring injury. In his last outing on 5/5, Ryan went five innings without allowing a run. He gave up just two hits and one walk, while striking out three. In his opening start, he allowed seven runs(six earned) in three innings of work, striking out three while giving up five hits and two walks. He came back in his second start to go 3.2 innings, allowing four runs on six hits, four walks and he failed to strike out a batter. Ryan was the Pirates 17th round draft pick in 2010 and was ranked 30th overall in the Pirates Prospects 2012 Prospect Guide. He pitched last season for State College, where he went 2-6 3.15 in 69.2 innings. He struck out 31 batters and walked twenty.
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