Minor League Schedule: 8/25/11

Jeff Locke makes his third start for Indianapolis.

For an in depth review of yesterday’s games please check out our minor league wrap-up which can be found here. The GCL Pirates are currently tied for the wildcard spot in their league with just 3 games left on their schedule. Bradenton still has a two game lead after splitting a doubleheader with 2nd place Palm Beach yesterday.

AAA: Indianapolis (68-65) VS Columbus (82-51) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Jeff Locke (0-1 2.38)

Jeff will be making his 3rd start with Indy and his 25th start of the season. He had a 11.1 scoreless inning streak to start his AAA career snapped when Justin Thomas let all 3 inherited runners score, all with 2 outs. Prior to being take out Locke intentionally walked the last batter he faced. Between his two stops he has a 7-9 3.89 record121 strikeouts in 136.1 innings. Indianapolis has been eliminated from their division race. They have just 11 games left in their season and they are 6 games back in the wildcard race.

AA: Altoona (59-71) @ Binghamton (59-71) 6:35pm
Probable starter: Matt McSwain (2-0 3.94)

Matt made his first start with Altoona on Saturday night giving up 2 runs over 5 innings and getting a no-decision. He also made one start earlier in the year with Bradenton. He has pitched a total of 31 games in relief this year. In 78.1 innings he has giving up 72 hits, 19 walks and struck out 42.

High-A: Bradenton (65-61 overall 35-21 2nd half) VS Palm Beach (63-64 overall 34-24 2nd half) 7:00pm
Probable starter: Jason Erickson (1-2 4.53)

Jason has made just two starts this season while pitching 29 games in relief. He has given up 7 earned runs over 6 innings in those 2 starts and lost both of them. On the year he has pitched a total of 59.2 innings allowing 64 hits, 17 walks and he has struck out 43. He has picked up 3 saves on the year, the first ones of his career. The 2009 24th round draft pick made 28 starts combined over his first two seasons in the system.

Low-A: West Virginia (61-66 overall 25-33 2nd half) @ Greensboro (69-59 overall 29-29 2nd half) 7:00pm
Probable starter: Porfirio Lopez (2-4 3.57)

Lopez will make his 4th start of the season. He has pitched a combined 25 games in relief between WV and Bradenton. As a starter he has a 1-1 3.00 record. On the year he has a 4-5 4.14 record with 63 innings pitched. He has given up 60 hits, struck out 60 and allowed 28 walks. In his last start on Saturday he threw 5 shutout innings with 5 strikeouts.

Short Season A: State College (25-39) VS Jamestown (30-33) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Ryan Hafner (2-4 2.56)

Ryan will make his 13th appearance of the season tonight. He has allowed 2 runs or less in each of his last 7 starts. In the month of August he has gone 2-1 1.29 in 4 starts. In his last start on Saturday he allowed just one unearned run over 5 innings of work. He is 3rd on the team in starts with 11 and in innings pitched with 52.2

Rookie: GCL Pirates (32-25) VS GCL Phillies (24-31) 12:00pm

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.