It should have been a fun GCL game to watch. Luis Heredia was the starting pitcher for the Pirates and Pedro Alvarez started his rehab assignment. As you probably know, instead it turned out to be a rain-shortened 1 ½ inning partial game to be picked up on Tuesday.
Pedro led off the game with a 3-pitch at bat against a LHP with a nasty curve ball. While you expect to see a lot of fastballs at this level, Ethan Stewart of the GCL Phillies followed a first-pitch fastball with two curve balls. Alvarez swung over the first one, then rolled over the next one to ground out to 2B.
While you “expect” a major league hitter to have a great at bat every time against a Gulf Coast League pitcher, it just doesn’t happen. It would have been much more interesting to see what Pedro would have done with 3 or 4 at bats today, but the rain cut that short.
Heredia pitched a shutout inning with two strikeouts today.