Minor League Schedule: 8/7/12

Clay Holmes will get the start tonight for State College. He ranks first in the NY-Penn League with his 0.94 ERA and his matching 0.94 WHIP ranks him eighth in the NYPL. Bradenton was off yesterday. West Virginia has off today. A full recap of yesterday’s games can be found here.

Clay Holmes allowed just his fourth earned run of the season in his last start

Triple-A: Indianapolis (71-46) vs Charlotte (66-51) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Daniel Cabrera (5-5 4.19)

Yesterday’s Result: Charlotte 1 Indianapolis 0 (game story)

Daniel Cabrera will make his 19th start for Indy tonight, he also made one rehab start while with Bradenton at the start the season. For Indy, he has pitched a total of 96.2 innings, allowing 101 hits, six homers, 34 walks and he has 59 strikeouts, with a 1.12 GO/AO ratio. In his last start, Cabrera allowed one run(solo homer) on six hits and a walk. At home this year, he is 2-3 4.56 in ten starts. He made a start against Charlotte on 6/15, giving up five runs on ten hits in four innings.

Double-A: Altoona (54-60) vs Bowie (59-55) 7:00pm
Probable starter: Brandon Cumpton (10-9 3.65)

Yesterday’s Result:  Bowie 8 Altoona 7

Brandon Cumpton will make his 22nd start of the year tonight. He has pitched a total of 120.2 innings, giving up 110 hits, six homers, 36 walks and he has recorded 71 strikeouts, to go along with his outstanding 2.27 GO/AO ratio. In his last start, Brandon struggled through four innings, allowing six runs on eight hits, while allowing his first home run in two months. At home this year, he has a 8-4 3.15 record in 12 starts.

High-A: Bradenton (51-62 overall 22-21 2nd half) @ Charlotte (45-65 overall 16-27 2nd half) 6:30pm
Probable starter: Eliecer Navarro (4-3 3.22)

Yesterday’s Result: Bradenton was off

Eliecer Navarro will make his ninth start of the year tonight. He has also made 18 relief appearances. As a starter, he has pitched 41 innings, allowing 42 hits, five homers, eight walks and he has 29 strikeouts. In his last start, Eliecer went six innings, giving up two runs on seven hits, with no walks and five strikeouts. He faced Charlotte on 7/1, allowing one unearned run on three hits and a walk in five innings.

Low-A: West Virginia (48-67 overall 25-20 2nd half) @ Lexington (64-50 overall 25-20 2nd half) 7:05pm  8/8
Probable starter: Zack Von Rosenberg (3-4 4.39)

Yesterday’s Result: Lakewood 8 West Virginia 5

West Virginia has off today. They currently sit in first place in their division, with 25 games left in the season. They are 5-8 against Lexington this season, 2-4 on the road. The Power are 6-4 in their last ten games and 21-39 on the road this year.

Short Season A: State College (25-23) @ Batavia (24-23) 7:05pm
Probable Starter: Clay Holmes (4-1 0.94)

Yesterday’s Result: Aberdeen 4 State College 1

Clay Holmes will make his ninth start of the year tonight. He has pitched a total of 38.1 innings, giving up 18 hits, no homers, 18 walks and he has 27 strikeouts, with a 1.39 GO/AO ratio and a .138 BAA. He has allowed more than three hits(six hits on 7/2) in a game just once this year. That six hit game came against Batavia, and was the second game against them in five days. It also stands as the only game this year in which he has allowed more than one run. Holmes is the Spikes’ leader in wins, ERA, strikeouts and WHIP.

Rookie: GCL Pirates (23-20) vs GCL Tigers (28-14) 12:00pm

Yesterday’s Result: Tigers 6 Pirates 5

DSL: Pirates1 (33-22) vs Yankees2 (15-39) 10:30am

Yesterday’s Result: Yankees 4 Pirates 3

DSL: Pirates2 (23-30) vs Phillies (25-28) 10:30am

Yesterday’s Result: Phillies 7 Pirates 5 (game one) *The teams were rained out in game two

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