For a more in depth review of yesterday’s games please check out our minor league wrap-up which can be found here. Altoona had off yesterday. Bradenton takes off today. The VSL team played a doubleheader to make up for a rainout and the DSL team has been rained out four games in a row so expect some upcoming doubleheaders for them. Lineups for today’s games will be posted as soon as they are made available.
AAA: Indianapolis (28-30) @ Buffalo (26-33) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Justin Wilson (6-3 3.19)
Game notes: Chase d’Arnaud went 2-4 with a triple and 2 runs scored during yesterday’s comeback win. Brian Friday went 3-4 with 3 doubles,2 runs scored and 2 RBI’s. Eric Fryer went 2-4 with a double. Alex Presley hit a pinch hit triple after not starting 2 straight games due to a HBP on Saturday.
AA: Altoona (28-28) VS Erie (27-28) 7:00pm
Probable starter: Jeff Locke (4-5 4.99)
Game notes: Altoona had the day off yesterday. They resume their schedule at home versus Erie with a three game series. The Curve currently sit four games out of first place.
High-A: Bradenton (24-34) @ Jupiter (27-31) 6:35pm 6/8
Probable starter: Nate Baker (3-3 4.23)
Game notes: Phillip Irwin threw 7 shutout innings last night allowing seven hits, one walk and he struck out five. Robbie Grossman went 2-3 with 2 walks and 3 runs scored. He raised his league leading walk total to 39 on the year. Elevys Gonzalez, Ramon Cabrera and David Rubinstein all had two hits apiece. Evan Chambers went 1-3 with 2 walks.
Low-A: West Virginia (27-29) VS Delmarva (32-26) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Tyler Waldron (4-2 3.92)
Game notes: Zack Von Rosenberg gave up 5 runs in 3.1 IP last night. He allowed 7 hits,walked 2 and struck out two. Zac Fuesser gave up 3 runs in 2 IP, just one of the runs was earned. Casey Sadler finished up with 2 scoreless innings. Daniel Grovatt, Andrew Maggi and Elias Diaz all has 2 hits and Eric Avila went 1-2 with 2 walks.
VSL: VSL Pirates (10-8) VS VSL Mariners (11-8) 11:00am
Games notes: Oderman Rocha pitched game one yesterday giving up 1 run in 4 innings with 6 strikeouts. He allowed just 2 hits. Luis Rico started game two and gave up 3 runs in 3 IP. Ulises Montilla went a combined 3-6,walk and 3 RBI’s. Carlos Esqueda went 1-1 with 6 walks. Jose Salazar went 3-8 with an RBI and 3 runs scored. Edgard Munoz went 3-3 with 3 doubles in the 2nd game. He is now hitting .386.
DSL: DSL Pirates (3-1) VS DSL Indians (3-2) 10:30am
Game notes: The DSL Pirates were rained out four a fourth straight time. Including their scheduled day off on Sunday, they have now gone five days without playing.
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