Rudy Owens gets the start for first place Indianapolis tonight. He ranks fourth in the International League in ERA, tied for third (with Zach Duke) in innings pitched and fifth with a 1.05 WHIP. The GCL Pirates have a doubleheader today. A full recap of yesterday’s games can be found here.
Triple-A: Indianapolis (55-31) @ Columbus (43-44) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Rudy Owens (7-3 2.45)
Yesterday’s Result: Indianapolis 5 Louisville 7 (Game story)
Rudy Owens will make his 17th start of the season tonight. He has recorded a quality start in each of his last 15 starts. He has pitched a total of 102.2 innings, allowing 90 hits, eleven homers, 18 walks and he has 73 strikeouts. Rudy has a .236 BAA, .217 from the left side. In his last start, he went six innings, allowing one earned run on four hits and two walks with five strikeouts. He has made eight road starts this year, going 3-1 2.47 in 51 innings.
Double-A: Altoona (41-43) VS Reading (47-38) 7:00pm
Probable starter: Matt McSwain (3-2 4.83)
Yesterday’s Result: Altoona 4 Reading 2
Matt McSwain will make his sixth start of the season tonight. He has also made 13 relief appearances. In his starts, Matt has a 2-2 4.33 record in 27 innings. As a reliever he is 1-0 5.40 in 23.1 innings. Matt has allowed just two homers this season. He has a 4.54 ERA on the road, 5.52 at home. In his last start on 7/1, he gave up three runs on seven hits over five innings.
High-A: Bradenton (39-46 overall 10-5 2nd half) @ Palm Beach (37-45 overall 6-9 2nd half) 6:35pm
Probable starter: Tyler Waldron (5-5 5.70)
Yesterday’s Result: Bradenton 6 Palm Beach 0
Tyler Waldron will make his 15th start of the season tonight. He also pitched in relief two times earlier in the season. He has pitched a total of 79 innings, giving up 106 hits, eight homers, 18 walks and he has struck out 53 batters. In his last start, Tyler gave up eight runs in 5.1 innings, allowing 11 hits. It was the third time he allowed at least ten hits in a game. On the road this year he is 1-3 7.22 in five starts and one relief appearance.
Low-A: West Virginia (30-55 overall 7-8 2nd half) VS Lakewood (35-49 overall 9-6 2nd half) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Zack Dodson (3-5 6.21)
Yesterday’s Result: West Virginia 4 Lakewood 11
Zack Dodson will make his 17th start of the season tonight. He started twice against Lakewood already this year, giving up two runs in six innings on 6/26 and one earned run in 4.2 innings on 5/28(home start). Zack has pitched a total of 71 innings, giving up 90 hits, eight homers, 31 walks and he has 46 strikeouts. At home this year, Dodson has a 2-0 3.46 record in five starts. In his last start, he went 1.2 innings, giving up five runs on six hits and two walks.
Short Season A: State College (10-8) @ Tri-City (13-5) 7:00pm
Probable Starter: Jake Burnette (0-2 5.25)
Yesterday’s Result: State College 2 Tri-City 1
Jake Burnette will make his fourth start of the season. He went five innings for the first time in his last start, giving up two runs on five hits with no walks and three strikeouts. In his previous outing, he gave up three runs over four innings, allowing three walks. Jake’s first outing was three innings long and he gave up two runs. All three of his starts have been on the road so far. Burnette was the seventh round pick of the Pirates in 2011. He pitched just one inning in the GCL last year after signing.
Rookie: GCL Pirates (7-7) VS GCL Phillies (5-9) 11:00am DH
Yesterday’s Result: Pirates 5 Braves 3
DSL: Pirates1 (16-13) VS Marlins (10-19) 10:30am
Yesterday’s Result: Pirates 1 Marlins 6
DSL: Pirates2 (14-15) VS Cubs2 (15-14) 10:30am
Yesterday’s Result: Pirates 8 Cubs 11
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