Altoona is off today. They resume play on Tuesday night, with Tim Alderson currently listed as the probable starter. Kris Johnson, who was originally scheduled to start for Altoona yesterday, was promoted to AAA. Matt McSwain made the start in his place. A full recap of yesterday’s games can be found here.
Triple-A: Indianapolis (21-15) VS Norfolk (15-20) 11:05am
Probable starter: Justin Wilson (3-3 3.38)
Yesterday’s Result: Indianapolis 0 Norfolk 2 (game story here)
Justin Wilson will make his eighth start of the season today. In his last start on 5/9, he threw six shutout innings, giving up three hits, a walk and striking out six. Three starts ago on 4/29, Wilson pitched a no-hitter for 7.1 innings before he was pulled due to pitch count. He has forty strikeouts in forty innings this year. Justin ranks first on Indy in strikeouts and seventh overall in the International League.
Double-A: Altoona (13-22) @ Bowie (15-21) 7:05pm 5/15
Probable starter: Tim Alderson (1-1 1.69)
Yesterday’s Result: Altoona 2 Erie 4
Altoona has off today. They resume play on Tuesday night in Bowie for a three game series before returning home on Friday. Altoona is in last place in their division, 9.5 games behind first place Akron.
High-A: Bradenton (18-18) @ St Lucie (28-8) 6:30pm
Probable starter: Tyler Waldron (3-1 4.55)
Yesterday’s Result: Bradenton was off
Tyler Waldron is now starting for Bradenton in place of Rick VandenHurk, who was promoted to Indianapolis.
Low-A: West Virginia (12-24) VS Lexington (17-18) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Nick Kingham (1-2 7.43)
Yesterday’s Result: West Virginia 3 Charleston 1
Nick Kingham will make his eighth start of the season tonight. He has pitched 23 innings this year, giving up 34 hits, 24 runs, ten walks and twenty strikeouts. In his last start on 5/8, Kingham gave up seven hits and six runs in 3.1 innings.He has failed to get through five innings in five of his starts. Nick has a 9.64 ERA in five road starts and a 4.00 ERA in his two home starts.
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