For a more in depth review of yesterday’s games please check out our minor league wrap-up which can be found here. Jameson Taillon gets the start today for West Virginia, his third pro start. The last two days only West Virginia has won a game, last night’s 1-0 contest, and the four teams have scored just 13 total runs. Lineups for today’s games will be posted as soon as they are made available.
AAA: Indianapolis (9-21) @ Norfolk (12-17) 1:15pm
Probable starter: Brad Lincoln (1-3 6.49)
Game notes: Justin Wilson went 5 innings last night allowing 3 runs, two of them earned while striking out four. Andrew Lambo was 1-2 with his 8th double, a HBP, sac fly and his 5th RBI. His double was the team’s only extra base hit. Josh Harrison returned from the DL and went 1-3 with a walk and an RBI. He is batting .373 on the year.
AA: Altoona (13-14) @ Richmond (14-15) 2:05pm
Probable starter: Jared Hughes (0-1 4.88)
Game notes: Altoona managed just two singles during yesterday’s 5-0 loss. Jeremy Farrell went 1-2 with 2 walks and Tony Sanchez went 1-3 with a walk. Tim was at the game and posted this wrap-up of it.
High-A: Bradenton (14-16) @ Charlotte (11-19) 1:30pm
Probable starter: Kyle McPherson (1-1 2.78)
Game notes: Nate Baker pitched just four innings last night allowing 3 earned runs on 7 hits with 3 K’s and he took the loss. Aaron Baker went 1-2 with 2 walks and drove in his team leading 25th run. Ramon Cabrera returned to the lineup for the first time since April 26th and went 2-3 with a walk raising his batting average to .412.
Low-A: West Virginia (12-15) @ Augusta (10-19) 2:05pm
Probable starter: Jameson Taillon (0-0 1.50)
Game notes: Zach Dodson pitched 5 scoreless innings last night striking out five while walking just one and giving up five hits, all of them singles. Brooks Pounders followed him with three scoreless inning racking up 4 K’s. He now has 22 K’s in 15 IP and an ERA of just 1.80 in 7 games. Daniel Grovatt drew 3 walks and now has 22 on the year against just 10 strikeouts.
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