For an in depth review of yesterday’s games please check out our minor league wrap-up which can be found here. Yesterday’s Bradenton game was rained out. They were already scheduled to make up Friday’s rainout today and no make up date has been announced. Evan Meek will start game one and go one inning. We left the description for Brandon Cumpton up in the game notes as he will likely follow Meek. The GCL Pirates have off today.
AAA: Indianapolis (66-63) VS Lehigh Valley (73-56) 2:05pm
Probable starter: Jose Ascanio (1-2 6.21)
Indianapolis has fallen back to 5th place in the wildcard standings, 7 games behind both Pawtucket and their current opponent, Lehigh Valley. They are 14 games back in the division standings with just 15 games left in their season. Jose Ascanio will start today, he has started 4 games this season although all of them were when he was on rehab. He went 3 innings in his last outing on Wednesday
AA: Altoona (56-69) @ Reading (63-62) 1:05pm
Probable starter: Michael Colla (5-8 3.61)
Colla will get his 21st start of the year tonight. In his three August starts he has a 1.13 ERA with 15 strikeouts in 16 innings. In 117.1 innings on the year he has allowed 102 hits, walked 37 while striking out 96. He has held batters to a .229 BAA. He is third on the Curve in innings pitched and 2nd in strikeouts.
High-A: Bradenton (63-59 overall 33-19 2nd half) @ St Lucie (65-57 overall 27-25 2nd half) 11:00am DH
Probable starter: Brandon Cumpton (2-3 4.39) and Brett Lorin (7-5 2.82)
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. Lorin will make his 16th start of the year today. He has walked just 17 batters while striking out 94 in 102 innings. In his last start on Tuesday he gave up 4 earned runs on 10 hits in 4.2 innings while striking out six.
Low-A: West Virginia (60-63 overall 24-30 2nd half) VS Delmarva (54-71 overall 19-36 2nd half) 2:05pm
Probable starter: Zack Dodson (5-3 2.56)
Dodson will get his 11th start for WV today. He has also made three starts in the GCL and four for State College this year while recovering from a hand injury that put him on the DL after his May 12th start. He has won all three of his games since returning, posting a 1.50 ERA over 18 innings. Between the three stops this year he has posted a 5-5 3.19 ERA with 57 strikeouts in 79 innings.
Short Season A: State College (23-37) @ Auburn (37-23) 6:05pm
Probable starter:Michael Jefferson (2-1 4.71)
The Spikes are in last place in their division, 14 games out of first place. They are 4-6 in their last ten games and on the road this year they are 9-22. Jefferson will make his 12th appearance of the year tonight, he has made 4 starts and has a 3.95 ERA in the starting role.
Rookie: GCL Pirates (30-24) VS GCL Braves (22-31) 12:00pm 8/22
The GCL Pirates are currently in 2nd place, 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)
The DSL Pirates finished tied for 2nd in their division, 5.5 games back.
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