For a more in depth review of yesterday’s games please check out our minor league wrap-up which can be found here. We had two rainouts yesterday include the DSL team for the third day in a row. Plus Indianapolis will finish last night’s game before they play today’s thanks to rain. Both of the foreign league teams have off today. Rudy Owens is looking to rebound from his poor start on Tuesday when he gave up 7 runs in 5 IP. Prior to that he had made four straight quality starts. Lineups for today’s games will be posted as soon as they are made available.
AAA: Indianapolis (26-30) VS Syracuse (31-24) 2:05pm
Probable starter: Rudy Owens (4-4 4.95)
Game notes: Last night’s game was suspended due to rain in the 7th inning with the score tied 2-2. The game will be completed today prior to the regularly scheduled game. When it resumes Syracuse will have the bases loaded with 2 outs in the top of the inning.
AA: Altoona (28-27) VS Portland (18-36) 6:00pm
Probable starter: Aaron Pribanic (5-2 2.29)
Game notes: Michael Colla went 6 innings giving up 4 runs on 7 hits while striking out six. It was his first start in which he gave up more than 2 runs since being moved to the starting role on April 28. The team managed just 3 hits, all of them singles. Brock Holt went 1-4 and Jordy Mercer went 1-2 with a walk. Both Starling Marte and Jeremy Farrell returned to the lineup after missing a few games to minor injuries.
High-A: Bradenton (23-33) @ Charlotte (23-33) 1:30pm
Probable starter: Kyle McPherson (4-1 2.93)
Game notes: Brett Lorin pitched 5 innings giving up 2 runs, one of them unearned. He allowed just three hits, one walk and he struck out five. The team managed just two hits, a single from Ramon Cabrera and a double from Evan Chambers. Both Chambers and David Rubinstein had outfield assists. This was the fourth time they have been shut out this year, second by Charlotte.
Low-A: West Virginia (27-27) VS Delmarva (30-26) 4:05pm
Probable starter: Colton Cain (4-4 3.42)
Game notes: Brandon Cumpton threw 4.2 IP giving up 6 runs on 6 hits with one walk and 2 K’s. He had won his previous 6 starts allowing a total of just 5 earned runs in those games. Trent Stevenson and Zac Fuesser each pitched a scoreless inning. West Virginia scored just one run despite the fact all 9 hitters reached base at least once. Justin Howard with a double had the only extra base hit.
VSL: VSL Pirates (8-8) VS VSL Tigers (6-8) 9:00am DH 6/6
Games notes: Yesterday’s game was rained out. The game will be made up on June 16th as part of a doubleheader. Tomorrow’s first game of the doubleheader is a make-up game from a rainout on May 17th.
DSL: DSL Pirates (3-1) VS DSL Astros (2-3) 10:30am 6/6
Game notes: The DSL Pirates were rained out for a third straight day. They have off Sunday and will resume their schedule on Monday vs the Astros affiliate.
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