West Virginia was off yesterday. They resume their schedule today, playing a doubleheader in Asheville with two top twenty prospects on the mound, Zack Dodson and Nick Kingham. Both games will be seven inning contests. A full recap of yesterday’s games can be found here.
Triple-A: Indianapolis (13-11) @ Norfolk (9-15) 7:15pm
Probable starter: Jo-Jo Reyes (3-0 3.18)
Yesterday’s Result: Indianapolis 6 Norfolk 4 (game story here)
Jo-Jo Reyes will be making his fourth start of the season tonight, he has also made one relief appearance. He has won all three on his starts, allowing just four runs and three walks in the starter role. In his last game on 4/26, he gave up two runs in six innings, allowing five hits, one walk and he struck out two batters. Left-handed batters are hitting just .167 against the lefty Reyes.
Double-A: Altoona (9-14) @ Erie (10-13) 6:35pm
Probable starter: Matt McSwain (1-0 5.14)
Yesterday’s Result: Altoona 7 Erie 3
Matt McSwain will get his second start of the season tonight, he has also made six relief appearances. In his only start so far, which came on 4/27, Matt allowed one run in five innings on three hits and five walks. Five of the eight runs Matt has allowed this season, came during a relief outing on 4/20, when he gave up eight hits in 1.1 innings of work. He has been in the Pirates minor league system since 2006.
High-A: Bradenton (11-14) VS Charlotte (12-13) 6:30pm
Probable starter: Tyler Waldron (2-1 5.95)
Yesterday’s Result: Bradenton 1 Charlotte 4
Tyler Waldron will be making his fourth start of the season tonight, he has also made two relief appearances. In his last start on 4/27, which was against today’s opponent, Tyler went six innings, allowing two runs on five hits with no walks and three strikeouts. He was coming off an outing five days earlier in which he gave up seven runs in just two innings. Waldron has allowed 27 hits in 19.2 innings, with 18 of those hits coming from left-handed batters.
Yesterday’s Result: West Virginia was off
Zack Dodson will be making his fifth start of the season tonight. In 20 innings this year, he has allowed 22 hits, eight walks and he has struck out 18 batters. On 4/20, he went six innings without allowing an earned run, while striking out a season high, eight hitters. In his first start of the season, Zack faced today’s opponent and gave up seven runs(five earned) in 4.2 innings. In the other game, Nick Kingham will get his sixth start of the season tonight, the first Pirates minor leaguer to reach that mark. His last start on 4/27 was his longest outing of the season, five innings against Savannah, with three runs allowed. Nick has pitched a total of 14.2 innings this year, giving up 22 hits, eight walks, a .361 BAA and he has struck out 11 batters.
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