For an in depth review of yesterday’s games please check out our minor league wrap-up which can be found here. Altoona’s game yesterday was rained out. The game will not be made up as the two teams do not meet again this season. Bradenton has a 3.5 game lead in their division with just seven games remaining on the schedule. They start a 2 game series against 2nd place Palm Beach on Tuesday. The GCL Pirates ended their season yesterday with a loss in the one game playoffs to the GCL Marlins.
AAA: Indianapolis (71-66) @ Toledo (65-72) 6:30pm
Probable starter: Nelson Figueroa (0-1 2.57)
Nelson will make his 2nd start for Indianapolis. He began the year with Oklahoma City in the Pacific Coast League(AAA) and went 6-7 6.50 in 15 starts and one relief appearance. He went 7 innings for Indy on Wednesday allowing just 2 runs but he took the loss. Figueroa pitched for the Pirates in 2003-04 and went 2-4 4.38 in 22 games.
AA: Altoona (60-73) @ Bowie (72-61) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Aaron Pribanic (9-9 4.09)
Aaron has made 25 starts this year and one relief appearance. He is the Curve leader in games started, wins and in innings pitched with 141. He gave up 3 runs over 6 innings in his last start with 8 strikeouts. In 4 August starts he has a 2.77 ERA.
High-A: Bradenton (68-63 overall 38-23 2nd half) @ St Lucie (70-62 overall 32-30 2nd half) 7:00pm
Probable starter: Nate Baker (9-8 3.47)
Nate will make his 28th appearance of the year tonight, 24th as a starter. He is the team leader in innings pitched with 137.1 and his 9 wins also leads the team. His 96 strikeouts trails team leader, Brett Lorin, by three. In his last 10 starts Nate has a 5-3 2.70 record in 60 innings pitched and batters are hitting just .239 off of him during that span.
Low-A: West Virginia (63-68 overall 27-35 2nd half) VS Lexington (56-76 overall 21-41 2nd half) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Eliecer Navarro (3-0 2.54)
Eliecer has made 6 starts this season and is coming off his 2nd best start. He went 6 innings allowing just one run on 3 hits and he struck out seven on Wednesday. On August 3rd he threw 5 shutout innings and struck out eight. Navarro has pitched 25 games between Bradenton and WV this year and he has a 4-2 4.02 combined record with 78 strikeouts in 78.1 innings pitched.
Short Season A: State College (26-42) @ Batavia (34-33) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Matt Benedict (3-3 4.26)
Matt will make his 14th start for the Spikes tonight. The 30th round draft pick is 2nd on the team in innings pitched with 61.1 and strikeouts with 34. He trails Nick Kingham in both categories. In his last start Matt went 5 innings and allowed just one run on 3 hits. In his last three starts he has allowed just that one run over 15 innings.
Rookie: GCL Pirates (34-26)
The GCL Pirates finished their season in 2nd place, 3 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 (41-30)
The DSL Pirates finished tied for 2nd in their division, 5.5 games back.
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