For an in depth review of yesterday’s games please check out our minor league wrap-up which can be found here. All three of the rookie league teams had off yesterday. Altoona has off today, they start a three game series at home versus Binghamton on Tuesday night. Please take note of the early afternoon start time for State College today.
AAA: Indianapolis (57-53) @ Gwinnett (60-48) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Justin Wilson (9-6 4.03)
Justin will get his 21st start of the year tonight. He is tied with Rudy Owens for the team lead in wins and his 109.2 innings pitched trails team leader Brad Lincoln by just two innings. He is tied for 2nd on the team in strikeouts with 81, thirteen behind Lincoln. In his last start on Tuesday he allowed 4 runs over 5 innings, giving up 7 hits, 3 walks and he struck out five.
AA: Altoona (46-61) VS Binghamton (44-65) 7:00pm 8/2
Probable starter: Phillip Irwin (4-3 4.73)
Altoona is in last place in their division, 14 games behind 1st place Harrisburg. They have a 22-29 record at home this year. Starling Marte is the league leader in hits with 124.
High-A: Bradenton (52-56 overall 22-16 2nd half) @ Brevard County (43-62 overall 16-19 2nd half) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Nate Baker (6-7 3.80)
Nate will make his team leading 19th start of the year tonight, he has also made 4 relief appearances. He is the team leader in innings pitched with 106.2 and is 2nd in strikeouts with 72 trailing only Brett Lorin who has 88. Nate has allowed just 3 home runs all season, all of them at home. He allowed one run in his last start over 5 innings and he struck out five. Since the all-star break he has a 3.00 ERA in eight appearances.
Low-A: West Virginia (49-55 overall 14-22 2nd half) VS Greensboro (57-48 overall 17-18 2nd half) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Jameson Taillon (2-2 4.11)
Jameson will get his 17th start of the season tonight. He went 4 innings in his last start giving up 2 runs and striking out seven. He has now struck out 67 batters in 65.2 innings and his 9.2 K/9 rate is the highest for any starter in the organization with more than 7 starts. He is tied with Kyle McPherson for the lowest walk rate per 9 innings with a 1.4 mark.
Short Season A: State College (14-29) VS Lowell (19-24) 12:00pm
Probable starter: Trent Stevenson (0-0 0.00)
Trent will get his first start for State College, he made a relief appearance for them on Friday night going 4 scoreless innings. He started the year with West Virginia and went 0-3 6.93 in 22 games, three as a starter. He pitched 49.1 innings with the Power allowing 65 hits, walking 13 and he struck out 25.
Rookie: GCL Pirates (21-15) VS GCL Phillies (19-17) 12:00pm
The GCL Pirates are currently in 2nd place, four games back in the standings.
VSL: VSL Pirates (36-29) VS VSL Phillies (32-33) 11:00am
The VSL Pirates are in first place and have a one game lead over the 2nd place Rays. There are just 7 games left in the season.
DSL: DSL Pirates (32-18) VS DSL Astros (16-30) 10:30am
The DSL Pirates are in 2nd place,1/2 game behind the DSL Royals.
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