In West Virginia tonight, Luis Heredia will try to bounce back from a tough start, in which he was knocked out in the fifth inning and picked up his third loss. 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 (66-49) vs Louisville (56-59) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Ethan Hollingsworth (0-0, 9.00)
Yesterday’s Result: Indianapolis 3, Scranton/WB 2
Ethan Hollingsworth will make his second start for Indianapolis tonight. In his AAA debut, he went five innings, allowing seven runs(five earned) on ten hits, with no walks and five strikeouts. Hollingsworth began the year with Altoona, where he went 6-4, 3.20 in eight starts and 15 relief appearances. For the Curve, he pitched a total of 78.2 innings, allowing 60 hits, nine homers and 19 walks. He had 41 strikeouts, an 0.96 GO/AO ratio and a .211 BAA.
AA: Altoona (52-57) vs Akron (53-59) 6:00pm
Probable starter: Nate Baker (3-1, 6.40)
Yesterday’s Result: Altoona 4, Akron 0
Nate Baker will get his second start of the season tonight. In his first start on 6/26, he went five innings, giving up one earned run on six hits and no walks. Baker has had trouble with his control this season, though in his last five appearances, he hasn’t walked a batter. He pitched an inning of relief three days ago, retiring the side in order. Prior to his last start, he also had a one inning relief appearance three days beforehand. Baker has 42 strikeouts this season in 45 innings pitched.
High-A: Bradenton (41-68 overall, 15-26 2nd half) @ Daytona (57-45) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Robby Rowland (3-10, 5.42)
Yesterday’s Result: Daytona 9, Bradenton 7
Robby Rowland will get his 20th start of the season tonight. He has also pitched twice in relief. Rowland has pitched a total of 98 innings, giving up 106 hits, ten homers and 40 walks. He has 49 strikeouts, a 1.34 GO/AO ratio and a .277 BAA. In his last start, he gave up six runs on seven hits over 4.1 innings. Rowland has allowed four or more runs in eight of his last ten starts.
Low-A: West Virginia (61-47 overall, 24-14 2nd half) vs Lakewood (44-64) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Luis Heredia (2-3, 4.45)
Yesterday’s Result: West Virginia 10, Lakewood 1
Luis Heredia will get his seventh start of the season. He also pitched once in relief, starting the completion of a suspended game. Heredia has pitched a total of 30.1 innings, allowing 25 hits, three homers and 20 walks. He has 22 strikeouts, an 0.62 GO/AO ratio and a .229 BAA. In his last start, he went 4.2 innings, giving up three runs on four hits and three walks. Heredia has faced Lakewood twice already this season, throwing five shutout innings in his debut and then five days later, he gave up two runs over four innings.
Short-Season A: Jamestown (27-16) vs Brooklyn (22-22) 7:05pm
Probable Starter: Jackson Lodge (3-1, 3.92)
Yesterday’s Result: Brooklyn 8, Jamestown 1
Jackson Lodge will get his eighth start of the season tonight. He also pitched once in relief, his season debut. Lodge has pitched a total of 39 innings, allowing 41 runs, four homers and four walks. He has 15 strikeouts, a 1.29 GO/AO ratio and a .279 BAA. In his last start, he went five innings, allowing two runs on six hits and a walk. In his first five starts, he threw 27 innings without allowing a walk. Lodge has recorded more than two strikeouts in a game this year just once, on 7/18 when he threw six shutout innings and fanned three batters.
Rookie: GCL Pirates (18-19) vs GCL Yankees2 (20-16) 10:00am
Probable Starter: Wei-Chung Wang (0-2, 3.58)
Yesterday’s Result: Yankees2 5, Pirates 3
Wei-Chung Wang will make his eighth start of the season this morning. He has pitched a total of 27.2 innings, allowing 21 hits, two homers and one walk. He has 23 strikeouts, a 1.30 GO/AO ratio and a .202 BAA. In his last start, he threw four no-hit innings.
DSL: Pirates1 (30-23) vs Yankees2 (11-42) 10:30am
Yesterday’s Result: Pirates 2, Yankees2 1
DSL: Pirates2 (30-22) vs Blue Jays (27-21) 10:30am
Yesterday’s Result: Pirates2 9, Blue Jays 4
7/29 Justin Maffei promoted to Jamestown. Henrry Rosario moved from DSL to GCL.
7/29 Gift Ngoepe activated from Temporary Inactive List and added to Bradenton roster.
7/28 Tony Sanchez promoted to majors. Ali Solis promoted to Indianapolis.
7/28 Casey Sadler activated from Altoona disabled list.
7/27 David Bromberg and Ethan Hollingsworth promoted to Indianapolis. Ali Solis and Zack Thornton assigned to Altoona.
7/27 Thomas Harlan assigned to West Virginia roster. Matt Benedict activated from disabled list.
7/27 Andy Otamendi added to Jamestown roster.
7/26 Orlando Castro activated from disabled list.
7/25 Tyler Waldron added to Bradenton roster on rehab.
7/25 Barrett Barnes placed on disabled list.
7/24 Chase d’Arnaud activated from disabled list. Jeff Larish placed on Indianapolis disabled list.
7/24 Ali Solis promoted to Indianapolis. Miguel Perez activated from Altoona disabled list.
7/20 Dan Cervette assigned to Bradenton roster. Andy Otamendi sent to GCL Pirates.
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