For an in depth review of yesterday’s games please check out our minor league wrap-up which can be found here. Bradenton and State College finished their schedule yesterday. Bradenton starts a best of three game playoff on Tuesday against St Lucie. Indianapolis, Altoona and West Virginia all finish their schedule today. It is the last day of the minor league regular season.
AAA: Indianapolis (76-67) @ Louisville (72-71) 1:05pm
Probable starter: Jeff Locke (1-1 1.93)
Jeff will get his 5th start with Indianapolis today. He made 22 starts and one relief appearance with Altoona this year posting a 7-8 4.03 record in 125 innings. Jeff has recorded 133 strikeouts this year, six behind his career high he set last season. In his last start he allowed one run over 7 innings and he struck out eight.
AA: Altoona (64-76) VS Richmond (74-66) 12:00pm
Probable starter: Phillip Irwin (8-4 4.04)
Irwin will make his 14th start with Altoona and 24th start overall this season. In 135 total innings he has walked just 21 batters while striking out 105, six behind his career high set last season. In his last start on Wednesday, Irwin threw 7 shutout innings and won his 13th game, highest total in the entire Pirates organization.
High-A: Bradenton (74-63 overall 44-23 2nd half) VS St Lucie (72-68 overall 34-36 2nd half) 7:00pm 9/6
No starter has been named for game one of the playoffs as of yet.
Low-A: West Virginia (68-69 overall 32-36 2nd half) @ Delmarva (55-84 overall 20-49 2nd half) 2:05pm
Probable starter: Porfirio Lopez (2-4 3.24)
Lopez will make his 6th start for West Virginia today. He has pitched 25 games in relief split between Bradenton and WV. As a starter he has a 1-1 2.49 record. In 72.2 innings he has allowed 67 hits, walked 32 and struck out 67. In his last start on Tuesday he gave up 2 runs in 4.2 innings.
Short Season A: State College (31-44)
State College finished their season in last place in their division, 14 games back in the standings.
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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