West Virginia is 1.5 games out in their division, with 15 games left on the season. Indianapolis has a ten game lead in their division with 16 games left to their schedule. Bradenton is a half game back in the standings with 14 games left. The GCL Pirates and both DSL affiliates are off today. With a two game sweep over the GCL Tigers, the Pirates fell into a first place tie with the Tigers, with six games left in the season. A full recap of yesterday’s games can be found here.
Triple-A: Indianapolis (75-52) @ Syracuse (62-67) 5:00pm
Probable starter: Jeff Locke (9-5 2.66)
Yesterday’s Result: Indianapolis 6 Syracuse 2 (game story)
Jeff Locke will make his 22nd start of the season. He just returned to Indy from his second stint this season in the majors. With Indy, Jeff has pitched a total of 125 innings, giving up 115 hits, nine homers, 38 walks and he has 113 strikeouts. In his last start, which occurred on 8/3, Locke threw 7.1 scoreless innings. In his prior start, he threw seven shutout innings. In two major league appearances, he went 4.1 scoreless innings, allowing just one hit.
Double-A: Altoona (59-66) @ New Hampshire (52-74) 2:35pm
Probable starter: Michael Colla (4-5 3.83)
Yesterday’s Result: New Hampshire 8 Altoona 3
Michael Colla will make his ninth start of the season. He has also made 25 relief appearances. Michael has pitched a total of 84.2 innings, allowing 86 hits, nine homers, 24 walks and he has 71 strikeouts. As a starter, he is 0-4 4.65, with a .276 BAA in 40.2 innings. Colla’s last start came on 7/21, when he threw four shutout innings.
High-A: Bradenton (57-67 overall 28-26 2nd half) vs Jupiter (49-69 overall 20-31 2nd half) 5:00pm
Probable starter: Kenn Kasparek (0-4 5.01)
Yesterday’s Result: Jupiter 9 Bradenton 1
Kenn Kasparek will get his fourth start of the season. He has also made 16 relief appearances. Kenn has pitched a total of 46.2 innings, giving up 52 hits, four homers, 18 walks and he has 28 strikeouts, to go along with a 1.17 GO/AO ratio. He has had two poor outings as a starter, giving up a combined 14 hits, six walks and nine runs in nine innings. Kenn also had one strong start, allowing just one run over six innings.
Low-A: West Virginia (53-72 overall 30-25 2nd half) @ Kannapolis ( 56-68 overall 23-31 2nd half) 5:05pm
Probable starter: Nick Kingham (5-7 4.79)
Yesterday’s Result: West Virginia 7 Kannapolis 1
Nick Kingham will make his 25th start of the year. He has pitched a total of 109 innings, allowing 104 hits, 15 homers, 35 walks and he has 99 strikeouts, as well as a 1.13 GO/AO ratio. He lasted just 2.2 innings during his last start due to his pitch count, giving up one hit, two runs and three walks. Nick has already made 15 road starts this year. He has a 5.62 ERA away from home in 65.2 innings. Kingham had a 5.22 ERA before the All-Star break(14 starts) and 4.29 since.
Short Season A: State College (29-28) @ Williamsport (20-37) 5:05pm
Probable Starter: Clay Holmes (4-2 1.41)
Yesterday’s Result: Auburn 10 State College 8
Clay Holmes will make his 11th start of the year tonight. He is coming off his shortest outing, which happened last Sunday. Holmes went 1.1 innings, giving up three runs on five walks and two hits. In half of his starts this year, he has gone five innings with one hit allowed. His season high of five strikeouts occurred during his first game of the season. Holmes has a 1.28 GO/AO ratio and batters are hitting just .142 against him. He has not allowed a home run yet.
Rookie: GCL Pirates (33-21) vs GCL Braves (17-35) 12:00pm 8/20
Yesterday’s Result: Pirates 7 Tigers 3
DSL: Pirates1 (41-25) vs Red Sox (40-26) 10:30am 8/20
Yesterday’s Result: Pirates 9 Yankees 8
DSL: Pirates2 (30-33) vs DBacks/Reds (14-50) 10:30am 8/20
Yesterday’s Result: Pirates 2 Nationals 1+ posts
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