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Minor League Schedule: 6/1/11


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 at the Altoona-Trenton game this morning and posting a recap after the game ends. Zack Von Rosenberg, who pitches today for West Virginia, is coming off his second best start of the year last week (6 IP 2 ER 0 BB 3 K) and his best start since his first of the year back on April 12th.  For a wrap-up of Kyle McPherson’s great performance last night, check out the story posted here.

Von Rosenberg is still looking for his first win

AAA: Indianapolis (24-29) VS Scranton/WB (27-22) 1:05pm
Probable starter: Brian Burres (2-6 4.42)

Game notes: Rudy Owens pitched 5 innings but gave up 7 earned runs including five in the first inning. He walked two, struck out two and threw an impressive 61 of 87 pitches for strikes but gave up 10 hits in the process. Alex Presley had three hits including his 10th double and he drove in a run. The only other offense came off the bat of Shelby Ford who went 2-3 with a HR and 2 RBI’s. Outfielder Corey Wimberly pitched the 9th inning for Indy.

AA: Altoona (27-24) @ Trenton (31-20) 10:35am
Probable starter: Aaron Thompson (2-4 4.89)

Game notes: Live recap of the game was posted here.

High-A: Bradenton (20-32) VS Brevard County (20-32) 7:00pm
Probable starter: Phillip Irwin (2-0 1.85)

Game notes: Kyle McPherson went 8 1/3 innings without giving up a hit before surrendering a 9th inning homer to break the no-hitter and shutout. He also walked one batter and struck out six while getting another 11 outs on groundballs. Elevys Gonzalez went 2-3 with his 14th double and drove in three, he now has 31 RBI’s on the year. Evan Chambers went 2-3 with a walk and Robbie Grossman went 1-3 with an RBI.

Low-A: West Virginia (25-25) VS Lexington (25-27) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Zachary Von Rosenberg (0-4 7.53)

Game notes: Colton Cain threw 6 innings giving up just one earned run on 3 hits with 2 walks and 5 strikeouts. He lowered his ERA to 3.42 and picked up his 4th win. 2010 draft pick Vincent Payne made his WV debut pitched 2 scoreless innings, no hits, one walk and one strikeout. Zac Fuesser pitched a scoreless 9th. Daniel Grovatt went 3-4 with 2 doubles and 2 RBI’s. Andrew Maggi added 2 hits and Mel Rojas Jr went 1-3 with a walk and 2 runs scored.

VSL: VSL Pirates (6-7) VS VSL Phillies (6-7) 11:00am

Games notes: Dilson Herrera went 2-5 with his 5th double and 2 runs scored extending his hitting streak to 12 games to open up his career. Jose Roman went 3-5 with his 5th double and Kelly Aponte added his 2nd homer of the year. Jordan Galvez went 2-3 with 2 walks and his 5th stolen base. Julio Vivas made his 3rd start and gave up 2 earned runs in 4 innings. Andres Mendoza gave up one run in 3 innings of relief.

DSL: DSL Pirates (2-1) VS DSL Royals (1-3) 10:30am

Game notes: Starter Jimmy Hernandez lasted just 1.1 IP giving up 5 runs, three of them earned in his first start. Reliever Diomedes Mateo pitched 3 scoreless innings striking out five. He is the pitcher formerly known as Yoldi Sierra, a high profile signing in 2008 that got caught giving the wrong age. The Pirates had 9 hits and three walks but managed just two runs scored in their first loss of the year. Jesus Vasquez and Yefraine Gerald each had two hits.

John Dreker
John Dreker
John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball. 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.

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