Minor League Schedule: 5/15/12

Altoona was off yesterday. They resume their schedule tonight with Tim Alderson on the mound, making his first start of the season. Jameson Taillon starts tonight. He is third in the Florida State League in both ERA and WHIP (0.87), while ranking tenth in strikeouts. A full recap of yesterday’s games can be found here.

Taillon hasn't been scored upon in three of his last four games

Triple-A: Indianapolis (22-15) @ Lehigh Valley (21-16) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Jeff Locke (3-2 3.10)

Yesterday’s Result: Indianapolis 1 Norfolk 0 (game story here)

Jeff Locke will make his eighth start of the season tonight. In his last start on 5/10, which was against Lehigh Valley, he allowed five runs on nine hits in 5.2 innings. On the year, he has pitched 40.2 innings, allowing 42 hits, nine walks and has struck out thirty. Jeff has a 3.94 ERA in his three road starts. Left-handed batters are hitting .154 against him with no homers, righties are hitting .324 with two homers

Double-A: Altoona (13-22) @ Bowie (15-21) 7:05pm

Probable starter: Tim Alderson (1-1 1.69)

Yesterday’s Result: Altoona was off

Tim Alderson will make his first start of the season tonight. He made just one start last year in 42 appearances. Tim has also made two appearances for Indianapolis this year, allowing two runs in four innings. In his last appearance on 5/8, Alderson gave up three runs over three innings. It ended a streak of seven straight scoreless appearances with Altoona. Between his two stops this year, he has pitched 20 innings, allowing 18 hits, six walks and he has struck out 18 batters.

High-A: Bradenton (18-19) @ St Lucie (29-8) 6:30pm
Probable starter: Jameson Taillon (2-2 1.47)

Yesterday’s Result: Bradenton 1 St Lucie 4

Jameson Taillon will make his eighth start of the season tonight. In 36.2 innings, he has given up 25 hits, walked six batters and struck out 36, with no home runs allowed. Jameson has given up two runs or less in all seven of his starts this season. In his last start on 5/10, he pitched six scoreless innings. Batters are hitting .189 against him this year, left-handed hitters are hitting just .169 with 18 strikeouts. In his four road starts, Taillon has a 2.18 ERA.

Low-A: West Virginia (13-24) VS Lexington (17-19) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Matt Benedict (2-2 2.89)

Yesterday’s Result: West Virginia 3 Lexington 2

Matt Benedict will make his eighth start of the season tonight. On the year he has pitched 37.1 innings, allowing forty hits, nine walks and he has struck out twenty-four batters. Matt allowed seven runs over 5.1 innings in his last start. It was the first time this year he has allowed more than three runs in a game. He is the team leader in innings pitched and among starters, he has the best ERA on the team. In his four home starts he has a 4.09 ERA.

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