Minor League Schedule: 7/23/11

For an in depth review of yesterday’s games please check out our minor league wrap-up which can be found here. The DSL Pirates are on their all-star break. They resume play on Monday. All three rookie league teams are in first place. *** Sean Gallagher (5-9 5.12) is making the start for Indy tonight. Also Cesar Lopez, who signed out of Cuba earlier this year for $600k, made his pro debut starting for the GCL team earlier today***

Colton leads the SAL in WHIP

AAA: Indianapolis (52-49) VS Rochester (37-62) 7:05pm
Probable starter: (TBD)

Indy is in 3rd place in their division, 12.5 games behind the division leading Columbus Clippers. They have not named a starter yet for today. When one is named we will update the schedule. The opposing pitcher tonight will be former Pirate, Eric Hacker who has a 3-10 5.54 line on the season.

AA: Altoona (41-57) VS New Britain (50-47) 7:00pm
Probable starter: Jeff Locke (5-8 4.62)

Locke will be making his 19th start of the season, he also has one relief appearance. He went 5 innings and gave up 2 earned runs on just 2 hits in his last start. He is the team leader in strikeouts with 95, twenty ahead of Michael Colla. He ranks 6th in the Eastern League in strikeouts. Jeff ranks 2nd on the team and 12th in the league in innings with 99.1. This year at home Jeff has a 1-5 5.02 record in 8 games.

High-A: Bradenton (47-52 overall 17-12 2nd half) VS Tampa (52-45 overall 15-13 2nd half) 7:00pm
Probable starter: Brandon Cumpton (1-0 5.06)

Brandon will get his 5th start since being promoted from West Virginia. He also pitched 6 innings during a relief appearance on July 1st. Brandon has allowed at least 6 hits in all 6 games he has pitched with Bradenton and has given up 37 hits total in 26.2 IP. He has walked just 3 batters over that same time. Between his two stops this season he has a 8-4 4.52 record in 18 games, 16 starts and a total of 93.2 innings pitched.

Low-A: West Virginia (45-51 overall 10-18 2nd half) @ Charleston (39-59 overall 13-15 2nd half) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Colton Cain (5-7 3.20)

Cain will make his 19th start of the season tonight, highest total on the Power. His 90 innings pitched trails team leader Tyler Waldron by just one inning. His 72 strikeouts is two behind team leader, Zack Von Rosenberg. Colton’s 1.04 WHIP leads the team and ranks him at the top of the South Atlantic League charts. In his last start which was also against Charleston, he went 4.1 innings giving up 6 hits, two runs and he struck out four.

Short Season A: State College (10-25) VS Brooklyn (19-15) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Ryan Hafner (0-2 3.86)

Hafner will be making his 6th start of the season tonight. In his last game on Sunday he pitched in relief, going 5 innings while allowing two runs on three hits and a walk. After striking out 14 batters in his first 16.2 innings pitched, Ryan has struck out just two batters in his last 9 innings. He has also allowed 11 earned runs and 9 walks in his last four appearances (17.2 innings) after not allowing a walk or run in his first two starts totaling 8 innings.

Rookie: GCL Pirates (19-10) VS GCL Yankees (18-11) 10:00am

The GCL Pirates are in 1st place, one game ahead of the Yankees who they finish a two game series vs today.

VSL: VSL Pirates (33-25) VS VSL Mariners (31-28) 9:30am

The VSL Pirates are in first place and have a 2 game lead over the 2nd place Rays.

DSL: DSL Pirates (29-16) VS DSL Mets2 (20-29) 10:30am 7/25

The DSL Pirates are in 1st place,tied with the DSL Royals who have played two more games

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