For a more in depth review of yesterday’s games please check out our minor league wrap-up which can be found here. I will be covering game two of the West Virginia- Lakewood series for the site tonight. The game will actually be a 7 inning game as they will complete last night’s game first which was postponed in the 5th inning. Kyle McPherson is scheduled to make his AA debut tonight for Altoona.
AAA: Indianapolis (30-32) @ Buffalo (27-35) 7:35pm
Probable starter: Rudy Owens (5-4 4.65)
Game notes: Indy was defeated 15-2 yesterday, the highest amount of runs they have allowed all season. Gorkys Hernandez, Chase d’Arnaud and Alex Presley all had 2 hits apiece and Miles Durham drove in both runs on sacrifice flies. Presley ranks 2nd to Jeremy Hermidia in batting average in the International League with his .338 total.
AA: Altoona (30-29) @ Reading (32-27) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Kyle McPherson (AA debut)
Game notes: The Altoona recap game can be found here.
High-A: Bradenton (25-35) @ Jupiter (28-32) 6:35pm
Probable starter: Brett Lorin (2-3 3.10)
Game notes: Quinton Miller pitched 7 shutout innings, his best start of the year, winning his 4th game. It was his longest outing of the year and he tied his season high with 5 K’s. He gave up 5 hits, walked two and got 11 groundball outs. Evan Chambers went 2-4 with his 13th double. Calvin Anderson went 3-4 with his 9th home run. Ramon Cabrera went 2-5 and is now batting .331.
Low-A: West Virginia (28-29) @ Lakewood (28-30) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Brandon Cumpton (6-4 5.11)
Game notes: A full recap of the game was posted here.
VSL: VSL Pirates (11-9) VS VSL Rays (11-9) 11:00am
Games notes: The game yesterday versus the VSL Tigers was rained out. No makeup date has been announced as of yet.
DSL: DSL Pirates (5-2) VS DSL Royals (3-6) 10:30am
Game notes: Starter Jimmy Hernandez gave up one run in 3 innings and Christopher De Leon followed him with one run in 3.2 IP. Mervin Del Rosario finished the game with a scoreless inning giving him 5.2 scoreless innings to start his career. Recent Dutch signing Danny Arribas made his pro debut going 0-3 with a walk. He was signed as a catcher but made his debut at third base.
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When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.