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DSL Prospect Watch: Pirates Sweep Rangers, Munoz Takes Over League Batting Race

DSL Prospect Watch: Pirates Sweep Rangers, Munoz Takes Over League Batting Race

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: Pirates 12, Rangers 4

Starting Pitcher: Jandy Vasquez, RHP (7.90) - 4.0 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 5 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Deybi Garcia, C (.259) - 3-for-4, 2 2B, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Julio de la Cruz, 3B (.184) - DNP

Marcus Beltrez, LHP (1-1, 0.79) - 3.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Tito Polo, LF (.349) - 2-for-4, 3 RBI

Yomifer Polanco, DH (.276) - 1-for-2, 2 BB

Yunelky Adames, 1B (.226) - 1-for-2,  2 BB

Game Notes: Starter Jandy Vasquez had a tough outing against the Rangers, but the bullpen and offense were stellar, as the Pirates1 won 12-4 on Friday. Marcus Beltrez and Brayan Almonte combined for five shutout innings following Vasquez. The Pirates had 13 hits and seven walks to sweep the Rangers ...

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