Minor League Schedule: 5/16/12

Bradenton was rained out yesterday. They will play a doubleheader, beginning tomorrow morning and Jameson Taillon is scheduled to throw game one as of right now. Bradenton will face former Pirates farm hand and long-time major leaguer Chris Young today, making his second rehab start of the season. A full recap of yesterday’s games can be found here.

Taillon will try again to make his 8th start this morning

Triple-A: Indianapolis (22-16) @ Lehigh Valley (22-16) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Daniel Cabrera (1-0 3.24)

Yesterday’s Result: Indianapolis 0 Norfolk 4 (game story here)

Daniel Cabrera will make his fourth start for Indianapolis and fifth start overall. He has a combined total of 22.2 innings pitched, with 26 hits allowed, six walks and he has struck out 12 batters. In his last start on 5/11, he allowed one run on seven hits in six innings. He put up those exact same numbers in his only start with Bradenton earlier in the year.

Double-A: Altoona (14-22) @ Bowie (15-22) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Nate Baker (2-4 5.35)

Yesterday’s Result: Altoona 7 Bowie 3

Nate Baker will make his eighth start of the season tonight. In 35.1 innings this year, he has allowed 34 hits, walked 16 and struck out 19 batters. In his last start on 5/10, he gave up five runs(three earned) on seven hits, with one walk and one strikeout. He also allowed his first home run of the season. In his previous start, Nate pitched seven shutout innings, allowing just two hits and one walk. Baker has made four starts on the road this year and has a 7.00 ERA in 18 innings.

High-A: Bradenton (18-19) @ St Lucie (29-8) 10:30am DH
Probable starter: Jameson Taillon (2-2 1.47) and Hunter Strickland

Yesterday’s Result: Bradenton  St Lucie (rained out)

Jameson Taillon will make his eighth start of the season today. 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. In game two, Hunter Strickland will make his second start since being hit by a line drive on 4/21. In his last start, he went three innings, allowing two runs on two hits and one walk, while recording one strikeout. On the year, he has pitched 16 innings, allowing 16 hits, three walks and he has struck out eleven. On 4/15, he threw six shutout innings.

Low-A: West Virginia (13-25) VS Lexington (18-19) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Ryan Hafner (0-2 6.75)

Yesterday’s Result: West Virginia 0 Lexington 3

Ryan Hafner will make his fifth start of the season tonight. In his last start on 5/11, he gave up two runs on six hits and three walks in 4.1 innings. Six days earlier, in his only road start of the year, he threw five scoreless innings, allowing just two hits and a walk. In 18 total innings on the year, Ryan has given up 18 hits, ten walks and he has struck out eight. Right-handed batters are hitting .417 against him while lefties are batting just .167.

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