Minor League Schedule: 8/16/11

For an in depth review of yesterday’s games please check out our minor league wrap-up which can be found here. No starter has been named for Indianapolis as of yet. State College is on their all-star break now and will return tomorrow night. Altoona had off yesterday. They return tonight with four games against New Hampshire including a doubleheader on Wednesday. First place Bradenton also had off yesterday. They return today for three against Charlotte. The DSL team has a doubleheader today.

Dodson threw 6 shutout innings his last start

AAA: Indianapolis (65-59) VS Louisville (63-61) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Ross Ohlendorf (1-1 3.63)

Indianapolis is in 2nd place in their division, 13 games back of Columbus, who they play 4 more times this season. In the wildcard standings they are in 3rd place, 4 games behind 1st place Lehigh Valley. They have 20 games left this season and they will play their next 4 games against Louisville.

AA: Altoona (54-65) VS New Hampshire (67-53) 7:00pm
Probable starter: Michael Colla (5-8 3.72)

Colla has pitched 25 games this season, 19 as a starter. He has allowed just one run in his last two games, covering 10 innings in which he has recorded 10 strikeouts. He is ranked third on the team in innings pitched with 111.1 and ranks 2nd in strikeouts with 91. He last faced New Hampshire on June 21 and he gave up just one run over 7 innings but took the loss. Altoona will face major leaguer Dustin McGowan on rehab.

High-A: Bradenton (60-59 overall 30-19 2nd half) VS Charlotte (57-62 overall 27-23 2nd half) 6:00pm
Probable starter: Brett Lorin (7-5 2.59)

Lorin will make his 15th start of the year and 22nd overall appearance. He has not given up more than 3 earned runs in a start since May. His last start, which was on 13 days rest, was canceled due to rain in the 4th inning and the stats were wiped out from the records but he threw 3 scoreless innings with 4 strikeouts. He last faced Charlotte on June 4th and gave up one earned run over 5 innings. He has a 1.01 WHIP and leads the team with 88 strikeouts.

Low-A: West Virginia (56-62 overall 20-29 2nd half) @ Kannapolis (67-50 overall 30-19 2nd half) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Zack Dodson (4-3 2.70)

Zack will make his 10th start of the season with WV tonight. He also made 7 combined starts between the GCL Pirates and State College. Since rejoining WV this month he has pitched 12 innings over 2 starts allowing just 2 earned runs including 6 shutout innings in his last start on Thursday. Between the three teams he has a combined 4-5 3.33 record with 19 walks and 54 strikeouts in 73 innings pitched.

Short Season A: State College (22-34) @ Hudson Valley (27-29) 7:05pm 8/17
Probable starter: All Star Break

State College is in last place in their division, 11 games back in the standings with 19 games left in the season. They have today off for the NYPL all-star break. Following the break they will play straight through everyday until the end of the season. Wes Freeman and Samuel Gonzalez will represent the Spikes in the all-star game.

Rookie: GCL Pirates (28-21) VS GCL Yankees (32-16) 12:00pm

The GCL Pirates are currently in 2nd place, 4.5 games back in the standings.

VSL: VSL Pirates (40-32)

The VSL Pirates have finished their season. They won the VSL pennant for a sixth straight year.

DSL: DSL Pirates (40-25) VS DSL (42-22) 10:30am DH

The DSL Pirates are in 2nd place, 2.5 games back of the DSL Royals who they play for the final two times today. Their season ends on August 19th.

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