Minor League Schedule: 7/26/12

With the trade of Colton Cain and Rudy Owens, there will be changes in the minor league rotations, possibly for all four of the top teams depending on who fills the empty spots. As of right now, there are no starters listed for Indianapolis or Bradenton for tomorrow. We will update this post after they are announced. A full recap of yesterday’s games can be found here.

Irwin has been dominant in his last five starts.

Triple-A: Indianapolis (65-41) vs Pawtucket (59-47) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Chris Leroux (0-0 3.32)

Yesterday’s Result: Pawtucket 4 Indianapolis 2 (game recap)

Indianapolis currently sits in first place in their division, 9.5 games ahead of Columbus. The Indians also have the best record in the entire International League. They are 37-17 at home and 5-5 in their last ten games. Their offense took a hit last night with the promotion of Starling Marte.

Double-A: Altoona (51-52) vs New Hampshire (41-64) 7:00pm
Probable starter: Phil Irwin (2-7 3.43)

Yesterday’s Result: Reading 6 Altoona 1

Phil Irwin will make his 14 start for Altoona tonight. He has also made one start for Bradenton, one relief appearance for the Curve and he has pitched two complete games. On the year, he has pitched a total 86.1 innings, allowing 85 hits, seven homers, 12 walks and he has 68 strikeouts, with a 1.64 GO/AO ratio and a .265 BAA. Phil has allowed just one earned run in each of his last five starts, throwing a total of 35 innings over that span. At home he is 1-4 3.98 in 43 innings.

High-A: Bradenton (47-55 overall 18-14 2nd half) vs Daytona (43-58 overall 13-20 2nd half) 6:30pm
Probable starter: Casey Sadler (2-4 3.13)

Yesterday’s Result: St Lucie 6 Bradenton 5

Bradenton is in first place in their division, with a two game lead in the race for the second half title. They are 27-24 at home this year and 5-5 in their last ten. Bradenton dropped three out of four games in the last series between these two teams.

Low-A: West Virginia (41-62 overall 18-15 2nd half) @ Greensboro (60-43 overall 14-19 2nd half) 7:00pm
Probable starter: Robby Rowland (5-3 3.30)

Yesterday’s Result: West Virginia 4 Greensboro 2

Robby Rowland will make his 12th start of the season tonight. He has also pitched once in relief.  Robby has pitched a total of 60 innings, giving up 64 hits, three homers, 16 walks and he has 31 strikeouts to go along with a great 2.04 GO/AO ratio. In his last start, Rowland gave up ten hits and four earned runs in seven innings, all three are season highs. In his previous outing he went just 3.2 innings, his lowest total on the season.

Short Season A: State College (21-16) @ Connecticut (16-21) 7:05pm
Probable Starter: Jason Creasy (0-2 4.85)

Yesterday’s Result: State College 2 Connecticut 0

Jason Creasy will make his eighth start of the season tonight. He has pitched a total of 31 innings, giving up 34 hits, three homers, seven walks and he has 19 strikeouts. In his last start, Jason allowed two runs over five innings with no walks and five strikeouts. He is 0-1 5.25 in three road starts this year. Creasy has an 0.79 GO/AO ratio and a .281 BAA.

Rookie: GCL Pirates (20-13) VS GCL Tigers (23-9) 12:00pm

Yesterday’s Result: Pirates 2 Tigers 4

DSL: Pirates1 (26-19) VS Yankees2 (12-33) 10:30am

Yesterday’s Result: Pirates 4 Yankees 0

DSL: Pirates2 (19-25) VS Mets1 (24-20) 10:30am

Yesterday’s Result: Pirates 8 Mets 7

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