The highlights of today’s schedule are the second start of the year for Tim Alderson and Jeff Locke making his ninth start in Indianapolis. Locke was ranked 11th overall in the Pirates Prospects 2012 Prospect Guide. *** Jeff Locke has been called up to the majors since this was posted. Details here***A full recap of yesterday’s games can be found here.
Triple-A: Indianapolis (22-20) @ Buffalo (26-17) 1:05pm
Probable starter: Rick VandenHurk (1-0 0.00)
Yesterday’s Result: Indianapolis 6 Buffalo 11 (game story here)
Rick VandenHurk gets the start in place of Jeff Locke, who was called up to the majors. VandenHurk pitched 5 scoreless innings for Indy in his only appearance. He made one start for Bradenton, going 6 innings and allowing 4 runs on eight hits.
Double-A: Altoona (18-22) VS Erie (20-20) 6:00pm
Probable starter: Tim Alderson (2-1 2.57)
Yesterday’s Result: Altoona 6 Erie 3
Tim Alderson will make his second start of the season tonight. He has made ten relief appearances this year, two of them coming while he was with Indianapolis. In his only start, Tim went five innings on 5/15, allowing three runs on six hits and one walk. Prior to his game against Bowie on 5/8, he had opened the year with seven straight scoreless appearances for Altoona. Between his two stops, Alderson has pitched 25 innings, allowing 24 hits, seven walks and he has struck out twenty-one.
High-A: Bradenton (19-23) VS Dunedin (27-15) 5:00pm
Probable starter: Eliecer Navarro (0-2 2.48)
Yesterday’s Result: Bradenton 3 Dunedin 0
Eliecer Navarro will make his second start of the season. He has made ten relief appearances this year. In his one start on 5/1, Eliecer went five innings, allowing two runs on four hits, with no walks and five strikeouts. He has pitched a total of 32.2 innings, allowing 27 hits, six walks and he has struck out 27 batters. Left-handed hitters are batting .190 against him this year.
Low-A: West Virginia (13-29) @ Greenville (21-20) 4:05pm
Probable starter: Matt Benedict (2-3 3.14)
Yesterday’s Result: West Virginia 7 Greenville 3
Matt Benedict will make his ninth start of the season today. He has pitched a total of 43 innings on the year, allowing 44 hits, 13 walks and he has struck out 27 batters. Batters are hitting .265 against him with no homers and Matt has a 1.65 ground out to air out ratio. He is the team leader in both WHIP(1.31) among starters and innings pitched. Benedict faced Greenville on 4/12, going five innings with one unearned run allowed.
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