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DSL Prospect Watch: Pirates Lose Two Again, De La Cruz Continues Hot Start

DSL Prospect Watch: Pirates Lose Two Again, De La Cruz Continues Hot Start

For a season preview of the Pittsburgh Pirates two Dominican Summer League teams, check out our article here. Throughout the year, we will provide the recaps of both teams, as well as highlight one player each day. 
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Box Score 

Result: Rockies 5, Pirates 2

Starting Pitcher: Ramon Rodriguez, RHP (0-3, 4.15) - 5.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Reggie Cerda, C (.067) - 1-for-3, BB, RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Julio de la Cruz, 3B (.191) - 0-for-4

Christian Henriquez, LHP (1.93) - 2.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Tito Polo, LF (.365) - 1-for-3, BB

Johan De Jesus, SS (.190) - 0-for-3, 2 K

Game Notes: Starter Ramon Rodriguez pitched well today, but still picked up his third straight loss to start the season. Rodriguez pitched five innings without allowing a walk, the third straight starter for Pirates1 to accomplish that feat. Catcher Reggie Cerda collected his first hit of the season and had the only RBI for the Pirates, but h...

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