For a more in depth review of yesterday’s games please check out our minor league wrap-up which can be found here. Altoona split their doubleheader yesterday maintaining their tie in the division with Akron. In an odd scheduling quirk, the two teams finished up their series in Akron and both travel to Altoona for a four game series including another doubleheader tomorrow. Lineups will be posted as soon as they are made available.
AAA: Indianapolis (17-25) VS Buffalo (18-24) 7:15pm
Probable starter: Rudy Owens (2-3 4.70)
Game notes: Indy had just 5 hits yesterday during their 5-1 loss with the only run coming courtesy of a John Bowker solo homer. Gorkys Hernandez went 1-3 while Josh Harrison went 1-4. Harrison’s batting average now sits at .330, second on the team to Alex Presley who is at .338.
AA: Altoona (19-19) VS Akron (20-20) 6:30pm
Probable starter: Michael Colla (1-1 3.21)
Game notes: Tim Alderson pitched 5.1 IP yesterday after starter Aaron Thompson couldn’t get out of the 1st inning. He gave up just one run on 3 hits and his ERA now sits at 1.01 after 26.2 IP. Brock Holt went 3-3 in game one of yesterday’s doubleheader and he added a 4th hit in the 2nd game. Quincy Latimore went 2-3 in game two with a double and his 15th RBI.
High-A: Bradenton (18-23) VS Dunedin (23-18) 7:00pm
Probable starter: Kyle McPherson (3-1 2.77)
Game notes: Brett Lorin made the start yesterday with Kyle McPherson moved back to today. He went 4.2 IP allowing 2 earned runs on five hits, no walks and 4 strikeouts. Lorin hadn’t started since April 20th. Robbie Grossman went 1-3 with a walk,2 runs,2 RBI’s and his 3rd homerun. Aaron Baker hit his 5th home run and drove in his team leading 33rd run. Elevys Gonzalez went 2-4 and is now batting .328, tenth highest average in the FSL.
Low-A: West Virginia (20-19) VS Lakewood (18-22) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Colton Cain (2-3 3.62)
Game notes: Brandon Cumpton pitched 7.2 IP allowing just one earned run on 5 hits with 4 strikeouts. Since moving back to the starting role on May 2nd he has allowed one earned run in each of his four starts while winning each game. Mel Rojas Jr went 3-5 with an RBI and Elias Diaz hit a 3 run home run, his first HR of the season.
VSL: VSL Pirates (1-2) @ VSL Phillies (2-1) 11:00am
Games notes: Julio Vivas made his minor league debut as yesterday’s starter. The 17 year old righty gave up 2 runs in 2 IP. Andres Mendoza also made his debut giving up 1 run in 3 IP with 3 K’s. Dilson Herrera went 1-3 with a double,RBI, SB and 2 walks. Carlos Esqueda went 2-4 with 2 doubles and a walk. He has four doubles in three games.
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