In West Virginia tonight, Clay Holmes tries to follow up the six shutout innings he threw last Saturday against Lakewood. Altoona has a doubleheader tonight. For a look at the possible starters over the next few weeks, please check out our Probable Pitchers Chart. Check out the Recent Transactions section to the bottom of this page, for all Pirates minor league transactions. A full recap of yesterday’s action can be found here. The latest Dominican Summer League recap can be found here.
AAA: Indianapolis (72-56) @ Syracuse (59-69) 7:00pm
Probable starter: Brandon Cumpton (5-7, 3.82)
Yesterday’s Result: Columbus 5, Indianapolis 2
Brandon Cumpton will make his 17th start for Indianapolis tonight. He has also pitched twice in relief in AAA, twice for Altoona at the beginning of the season and he has made four starts for the Pirates. With Indianapolis, he has thrown 103.2 innings, allowing 99 hits, six homers and 38 walks. Cumpton also has 80 strikeouts, a 2.80 GO/AO ratio and a .256 BAA. In his last start, he gave up four runs on seven hits and three walks over five innings. This will be his fifth straight road start with Indianapolis.
Eliecer Navarro will make his 12th start for Altoona tonight. He made 11 starts and two relief appearances for Bradenton to start the season, going 1-9, 2.86 in 69.1 innings. For Altoona, he has thrown 60 innings, allowing 54 hits, eight homers and 25 walks. He also has 41 strikeouts, an 0.64 GO/AO ratio and a .232 BAA. In his last start, Navarro went six innings, allowing two earned runs on four hits and three walks. In game two, Jason Townsend will get a spot start, his first start of the year. He has thrown 44.2 innings this season, giving up 56 hits, seven homers and 21 walks. He has 33 strikeouts, a 1.43 GO/AO ratio and a .299 BAA. He threw 1.2 scoreless innings on July 19th against Erie.
High-A: Bradenton (49-70 overall, 23-28 2nd half) vs Ft Myers (70-48) 6:30pm
Probable starter: Robby Rowland (4-10, 5.28)
Yesterday’s Result: Bradenton 8, Ft Myers 4
Robby Rowland will get his 22nd start of the season tonight. He has also pitched twice in relief. In 109 innings, he has given up 113 hits, ten homers and 44 walks. Rowland has 60 strikeouts, a 1.26 GO/AO ratio and a .268 BAA. In his last start, he went five innings, allowing two runs on five hits and one walk. He struggled most of the season with low strikeout totals, but in his last three starts, Rowland has 15 strikeouts in 15.1 innings. He faced Ft Myers on 7/3, allowing nine runs on ten hits in 1.2 innings.
Low-A: West Virginia (71-52 overall, 34-19 2nd half) vs Hickory (68-55) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Clay Holmes (5-5, 4.03)
Yesterday’s Result: West Virginia 5, Hickory 3
Clay Holmes will get his 23rd start of the season tonight. He has also pitched once in relief, starting the completion of a game suspended by rain. Holmes has thrown 109.1 innings, allowing 97 hits, five homers and 63 walks. He has 78 strikeouts, a 1.89 GO/AO ratio and a .240 BAA. In his last start, he threw six shutout innings against Lakewood, surrendering seven hits and for the first time this season, he didn’t walk a batter.
Short-Season A: Jamestown (33-21) vs State College (31-22) 7:05pm
Probable Starter: Isaac Sanchez (1-0, 3.56)
Yesterday’s Result: State College 2, Jamestown 0
Isaac Sanchez will get his 11th start of the season tonight. He has thrown 43 innings, allowing 39 hits, four homers and 18 walks. He has 39 strikeouts, a 2.04 GO/AO ratio and a .239 BAA. In his last start, Sanchez went 4.2 innings, giving up two runs on five hits and three walks. At home this season, he is 0-0, 3.38 in six starts. He has held left-handed batters to a .150 BAA.
Rookie: GCL Pirates (24-25) vs GCL Astros (23-26) 11:00am
Probable Starter: Jonathan Sandfort (2-2, 4.28)
Yesterday’s Result: Pirates 7, Astros 0
Jonathan Sandfort will make his eight start this year. He has also pitched once in relief. Sandfort has thrown 27.2 innings, allowing 27 hits, three homers and 11 walks. He has 28 strikeouts, a 2.25 GO/AO ratio and a .257 BAA. In his last start, he went four innings, giving up two runs on four hits and four walks. He has faced the Astros twice already, throwing three shutout innings in his season debut and then on 7/31, he gave up four runs over two innings.
DSL: Pirates1 (36-29) vs Angels (32-32) 10:30am
Yesterday’s Result: Pirates1 7, Angels 2
DSL: Pirates2 (40-23) vs Braves (26-36) 10:30am
Yesterday’s Result: Pirates2 5, Braves 0
8/16 Eric Wood placed on disabled list. Francisco Aponte promoted to West Virginia. Adam Landecker promoted to Jamestown.
8/15 Ali Solis sent to Altoona from Indianapolis.
8/15 John Kuchno sent to Jamestown. Jimmy Rider added to West Virginia roster.
8/15 Tyler Waldron promoted to Altoona. Kirk Singer added to Bradenton roster
8/11 Francisco Aponte activated from Jamestown disabled list.
8/11 Kenn Kasparek activated from Altoona disabled list. Ethan Hollingsworth placed on disabled list.
8/8 Kurt Yacko placed on disabled list.
8/7 Zack Dodson returned to Bradenton roster.
8/6 Zack Dodson promoted to Altoona. Kenn Kasparek placed on disabled list.
8/5 Jameson Taillon promoted to Indianapolis. Ethan Hollingsworth sent to Altoona.
8/3 Vic Black sent to Indianapolis. David Bromberg sent to Altoona
8/3 Robert Andino added to Indianapolis roster. Jeff Larish released
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