Jameson Taillon starts tonight for Bradenton. He ranks seventh in the Florida State League with his 1.14 WHIP. Altoona was rained out yesterday. They will play a doubleheader today with two games consisting of seven innings apiece. Indianapolis is off today. They begin an eight game road trip tomorrow, starting with four in Charlotte, then four against Gwinnett. State College and the GCL Pirates open their schedule on Monday. A full recap of yesterday’s games can be found here.
Triple-A: Indianapolis (38-27) @ Charlotte (39-28) 7:15pm 6/14
Probable starter: Jeff Locke (4-3 3.27)
Yesterday’s Result: Indianapolis 2 Rochester 0 (game story)
Indianapolis has off today. The are in first place in their division, eight games ahead of second place Columbus. Indy is 14-18 on the road, 6-4 in their last ten and they have won three in a row. Team leaders: Jordy Mercer .303 average, Jeff Clement 7 homers Starling Marte 28 RBI’s, 34 runs scored. Jo-Jo Reyes 2.05 ERA, Tim Wood 0.96 WHIP, Justin Wilson 68 strikeouts.
Double-A: Altoona (28-33) VS Trenton (35-26) 5:00pm DH
Probable starter: Tim Alderson (3-2 3.09) and Phil Irwin (0-3 4.19)
Yesterday’s Result: Altoona was rained out
Tim Alderson will get his sixth start of the season tonight. He has pitched ten times in relief, twice while he was briefly with Indianapolis at the end of April. Tim has pitched a total of 47.2 innings this year, allowing 47 hits, five homers, 12 walks and he has 34 strikeouts. As a starter, Alderson is 2-1 3.90 in five starts, pitching a total of 27.2 innings. He has a 1.96 ERA while pitching in Altoona this year, with a .198 BAA. Phil Irwin will get the start in game two. He has made seven starts this year, six for Altoona and one for Bradenton. In 39.1 total innings, he has allowed 42 hits, five homers, six walks and he has 23 strikeouts. Irwin has a 2.26 GO/AO ratio while with Altoona. In his last start, he gave up one run on seven hits and one walk in six innings.
High-A: Bradenton (26-39) @ Ft Myers (25-36) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Jameson Taillon (3-5 3.71)
Yesterday’s Result: Bradenton 3 Ft Myers 5
Jameson Taillon will make his 13th start of the year tonight. He has pitched a total of 63 innings, allowing 56 hits, three homers, 16 walks and he has 58 strikeouts. In his last start, Jameson allowed three earned runs in five innings, giving up eight hits, no walks and he struck out six. Batters are hitting .232 against him this year, .210 from the left side. After giving up just six runs in his first six starts, Taillon has allowed 21 runs in his last 33.1 innings.
Low-A: West Virginia (21-44) @ Lexington (36-28) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Zack Dodson (1-4 5.60)
Yesterday’s Result: West Virginia 9 Lexington 7
Zack Dodson will get his 13th start of the season tonight. He has pitched a total of 53 innings, giving up 61 hits, five homers, 24 walks and he has struck out 39 batters. In his last start, Zack allowed four runs over 4.1 innings, giving up five hits and three walks. It was the fourth straight game that Dodson walked three batters. He hasn’t allowed a homer in his last six starts. In his last outing against Lexington, Zack allowed one run in four innings on three walks and just one hit.
DSL: Pirates1 (6-3) VS Marlins (3-6) 10:30am
Yesterday’s Result: Pirates 9 Marlins 3 in 11 innings
DSL: Pirates2 (4-5) VS Nationals (5-4) 10:30am
Yesterday’s Result: Pirates 4 Nationals 0
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