Bradenton was rained out yesterday. They will make up the game on July 1st. Tim Alderson was originally scheduled to go yesterday for Altoona. He was moved to Monday and replaced by Shairon Martis. The GCL Pirates and both DSL teams are off today. Indianapolis won their seventh straight game last night. Both Bradenton and West Virginia started their second half this week. The league records reset after 70 games and at the end of the year the winner from the first and second half meet in the playoffs. If the same team wins both halves, the team with the second best overall record makes the playoffs. A full recap of yesterday’s games can be found here.
Triple-A: Indianapolis (46-29) VS Scranton-WB (40-36) 1:15pm
Probable starter: Jeff Locke (5-3 3.13)
Yesterday’s Result: Indianapolis 8 Scranton/WB 3 (Game story here)
Jeff Locke will make his 14th start of the season today. He has pitched a total of 77.2 innings, allowing 78 hits, six homers, 16 walks and he has struck out 72 batters. Jeff went six innings in his last start, giving up one run on eight hits, with no walks and eight strikeouts. Batters are hitting .267 against him on the season, .198 from the left side and .294 from the right side. In five home starts this year, Locke is 4-1 2.56 in 31.2 innings.
Double-A: Altoona (33-38) VS Akron (46-28) 6:00pm
Probable starter: Phil Irwin (0-4 4.35)
Yesterday’s Result: Altoona 13 Akron 5
Phil Irwin will make his eighth start for Altoona tonight. He has also pitched once in relief and made a rehab start with Bradenton. As a starter with Altoona, Phil has pitched a total of 39.1 innings, with an 0-4 4.58 record, allowing 47 hits, six homers, seven walks and he has 24 strikeouts. In his last start on 6/13, Irwin gave up four runs on seven hits in five innings, striking out a season high seven batters. His last outing was in relief of Jeff Karstens, who was making a rehab start. Phil pitched two scoreless innings, with three strikeouts.
High-A: Bradenton (29-42 overall 1-1 2nd half) @ Dunedin (42-28 overall 0-3 2nd half) 5:00pm
Probable starter: Colton Cain (2-4 5.48)
Yesterday’s Result: Bradenton was rained out
Colton Cain will make his 11th start of the season tonight. He has pitched a total of 44.1 innings, allowing 43 hits, seven homers, 15 walks and he has 33 strikeouts. He has made three starts since returning from a month long absence due to a right groin strain. Colton is 1-1 6.35 in 11.1 innings over those last three starts. He is holding batters to a .250 BAA, with a surprisingly high .309 average from left-handed batters. On the road this season, he is 0-2 8.59 in four starts.
Low-A: West Virginia (25-48 overall 2-1 2nd half) VS Lexington (40-32 overall 1-2 2nd half) 2:05pm
Probable starter: Zack Von Rosenberg (0-1 4.73)
Yesterday’s Result: West Virginia 2 Lexington 5
Zack Von Rosenberg will make his fourth start of the year today. He went four innings in his first start, allowing an unearned run on two hits, one walk and he struck out one batter. He followed that up with six runs allowed on eight hits and three walks in four innings. In his last start, Zack went 5.1 innings, allowing one run on four hits with five strikeouts. He started the year in extended Spring Training, working on his fastball command down in the zone.
Short Season A: State College (4-2) VS Mahoning Valley (2-4) 7:05pm
Probable Starter: Joely Rodriguez (0-0 4.50)
Yesterday’s Result: State College 9 Mahoning Valley 2 (game story)
Joely Rodriguez will make his second start of the season today. In his first game, he went four innings, allowing two runs on three hits and five walks with three strikeouts. He pitched just two games last year, missing the rest of the season with an elbow injury. This is his third year pitching for State College, although he started 2010 in the Gulf Coast League and threw just four late season innings with the Spikes. Joely went 2-2 4.21 in 51.1 innings in 2010, walking nine batters and striking out 28.
Rookie: GCL Pirates (4-2) VS GCL Phillies (0-6) 12:00pm 6/25
Yesterday’s Result: Pirates 1 Braves 0
DSL: Pirates1 (11-8) VS Marlins (6-13) 10:30am 6/25
Yesterday’s Result: Pirates 8 Marlins 2
DSL: Pirates2 (9-10) VS Yankees1 (14-5) 10:30am 6/25
Yesterday’s Result: Pirates 2 Yankees 12
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