In Indianapolis tonight, Rudy Owens goes against Jeff Francis, longtime pitching star for the Colorado Rockies. Francis, now pitching in the Reds system, has a 2-5 4.45 record this year. Altoona has an early morning start today. A full recap of yesterday’s games can be found here.
Triple-A: Indianapolis (25-20) VS Louisville (15-32) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Rudy Owens (2-2 2.50)
Yesterday’s Result: Indianapolis was off
Rudy Owens will make his ninth start of the season tonight. He has pitched 54 innings, allowing 44 hits, five walks and he has struck out 38 batters. Opponents are batting .222 against him. Rudy is fifth in the International League in innings pitched(he trails Francis by 2/3 of an inning). He is also second in the league in WHIP, with an 0.91 mark. His ERA ranks tied for fifth in the league. In his last start, Owens gave up three runs in six innings of work. He pitched seven shutout innings against Louisville on 4/22.
Double-A: Altoona (20-24) VS Harrisburg (25-20) 10:30am
Probable starter: Shairon Martis (2-0 2.00)
Yesterday’s Result: Altoona 3 Harrisburg 5 (game one) Altoona 2 Harrisburg 3 (game two)
Shairon Martis will make his third start of the season this morning. He has also pitched four games in relief for Indianapolis as well as three relief outings for Altoona. On the year, he has pitched 26.1 innings, allowing 15 hits, 11 walks and has struck out seventeen. He has held opponents to a .111 BAA while with Altoona. In his last start, he allowed one hit(a solo homer) in six innings.
High-A: Bradenton (21-25) VS Lakeland (23-21) 6:30pm
Probable starter: Tyler Waldron (3-2 4.22)
Yesterday’s Result: Bradenton 6 Lakeland 1
Tyler Waldron will make his eighth start of the season tonight. He also made two early season relief appearances. On the year, he has pitched 42.2 inning, allowing 51 hits, nine walks and he has recorded 28 strikeouts. In his last start, he pitched six scoreless innings, giving up three hits and one walk. In his prior start he allowed a season high ten hits. He has a 2-1 4.23 record at home in 27.2 innings pitched.
Low-A: West Virginia (14-31) @ Lexington (24-21) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Nick Kingham (1-2 5.82)
Yesterday’s Result: West Virginia 0 Lexington 4
Nick Kingham will make his tenth start of the season tonight. He will be the first pitcher in the Pirates farm system to reach double figures in games started. Nick’s last start was the best of his season, going six innings with one run allowed on three hits and no walks. He recorded six strikeouts, tying his season high. On the year, he has pitched 34 innings, allowing 41 hits, six homers, ten walks and he has 32 strikeouts.
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