For an in depth review of yesterday’s games please check out our minor league wrap-up which can be found here. Bradenton has a 2.5 game lead for the 2nd half title. They are also just 2 games back of their current opponent, St Lucie, for the best record in their division. They have 16 games left in their season. The DSL season wraps up today with a doubleheader.
AAA: Indianapolis (65-62) VS Louisville (66-61) 7:05pm
Probable starter: TBD
Indianapolis is in 3rd place in their division, 15 games back of Columbus, who they play 4 more times this season. In the wildcard standings they are in 5th place just behind Louisville, 7 games behind 1st place Lehigh Valley. They have 17 games left this season.
AA: Altoona (56-67) @ Reading (62-62) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Phillip Irwin (6-3 4.33)
Irwin will make his 12 appearance for Altoona tonight. He has a combined record of 11-3 3.27 between Bradenton and Altoona with 17 walks and 89 strikeouts in 115.2 innings pitched. In his last start he gave up 3 runs in 6 innings and recorded 7 strikeouts. He has not walked a batter in his last 4 starts covering 23.1 innings and in 62.1 innings with the Curve he has issued just 5 walks.
High-A: Bradenton (63-59 overall 33-19 2nd half) @ St Lucie (65-57 overall 27-25 2nd half) 6:30pm
Probable starter: Brandon Cumpton (2-3 4.39)
Brandon will get his 10th start with Bradenton and 22nd overall start. He has also made two relief appearances. Combined between WV and Bradenton he has a 9-7 4.34 record with 27 walks and 86 strikeouts in 120.1 innings. In his last start on Sunday he gave up 2 runs over 5 innings and took the loss. He made his FSL debut against St Lucie on June 26 and allowed three runs on eight hits over 5 innings.
Low-A: West Virginia (58-63 overall 22-30 2nd half) VS Delmarva (54-69 overall 19-34 2nd half) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Eliecer Navarro (2-0 2.65)
Navarro will make his 5th start with West Virginia, he also made one with Bradenton. With the Power he has a 1-0 3.32 record in 19 innings as a starter and 1-0 1.80 in 6 games as a reliever. On the year he has 67 strikeouts and 17 walks in 66.1 innings. In his last start on Sunday he gave up 2 runs over 5 innings and picked up his only win as a starter.
Short Season A: State College (23-35) @ Hudson Valley (28-30) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Matt Benedict (2-3 4.91)
The Spikes are in last place in their division, 11.5 games out of first place. They are 5-5 in their last ten games and on the road this year they are 9-20. Benedict is making his 12th start of the year, he is 2nd on the team in both innings pitched and strikeouts.
Rookie: GCL Pirates (29-23) VS GCL Tigers (24-28) 12:00pm
The GCL Pirates are currently in 2nd place, 5.5 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 (41-28) VS DSL Rays (33-34) 10:30am DH
The DSL Pirates are in 2nd place, 4.5 games back of the DSL Royals. The DSL season ends today.
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