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Thursday, December 8, 2022

Minor League Schedule: 5/8/12

Altoona was off yesterday. They resume their schedule today with a two game series at home against Bowie before going on the road for six games. Tyler Waldron had his start pushed back until today as Rick Vandenhurk started for Bradenton, making his first appearance in the Pirates system since signing with Pittsburgh as a minor league free agent in April. A full recap of yesterday’s games can be found here.

Owens has allowed six homers this year, all solo shots

Triple-A: Indianapolis (17-13) VS Lehigh Valley (17-13) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Rudy Owens (1-0 2.12)

Yesterday’s Result: Indianapolis 4 Lehigh Valley 0 (game story here)

Rudy Owens will make his sixth start of the season tonight. In his last start on 5/3, he went a season high eight innings, allowing two runs on six hits with one walk and seven strikeouts. In his two previous outings, he threw a combined 14 shutout innings. Rudy has held batters to a .205 average on the season and in 34 innings, he has walked two, while striking out twenty-six. His 0.79 WHIP is the best in the International League.

Double-A: Altoona (13-16) VS Bowie (12-18) 6:30pm
Probable starter: Kris Johnson (0-0 0.66)

Yesterday’s Result: Altoona was off

Kris Johnson will make his third start for Altoona this year and his fourth start overall. He made one start and one relief appearance for Indianapolis, throwing 4.2 scoreless innings with five strikeouts. In his last start on 5/3, he threw five scoreless innings, allowing three hits, no walks and he struck out four. In his first start four days earlier, he went three innings, allowing one unearned run on two hits and three walks.

High-A: Bradenton (15-16) VS Clearwater (16-13) 6:30pm
Probable starter: Tyler Waldron (2-1 4.91)

Yesterday’s Result: Bradenton 10 Tampa 5

Tyler Waldron will make his fifth start of the season tonight. He also made two relief appearances earlier in the year. Tyler has pitched a total of 25.2 innings this year, allowing 31 hits, seven walks and he has struck out 18 batters. In his last start on 5/2 against Charlotte, he went six innings, giving up one run on four hits, with a walk and four strikeouts. It was his second straight appearance against Charlotte.

Low-A: West Virginia (11-20) @ Greensboro (22-8) 12:30pm
Probable starter: Nick Kingham (1-1 8.24)

Yesterday’s Result: West Virginia 3 Greensboro 6

Nick Kingham will make his seventh start of the season tonight. In 19.2 innings on the season, he has allowed 27 hits, walked ten batters and struck out sixteen. After pitching a combined 9.2 innings in his first four starts, he has gone five innings in each of his last two starts. Nick gave up 4 runs in his last outing with a season high of five strikeouts. Left-handed batters are hitting .414 against him with six walks.

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