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DSL Prospect Watch: Pirates Drop Mets, De La Cruz Reaches Base Four Times Again

DSL Prospect Watch: Pirates Drop Mets, De La Cruz Reaches Base Four Times Again

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: Marlins 4, Pirates 2

Starting Pitcher: Miguel Ferreras, RHP (4.50) - 5.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Tito Polo, CF (.320) - 2-for-4, 3B, SB

Other Notable Performers:

Julio de la Cruz, DH (.198) - 0-for-5

Jherson Esqueda, RHP (1-1, 2.08) - 3.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Johan De Jesus, SS (.167) - 0-for-3, BB

Game Notes: Miguel Ferreras had a strong outing, giving up just two hits and no walks in his five innings, but the Pirates defense let them down today in a loss to the Marlins. Two errors by Johan De Jesus and one by pitcher Jherson Esqueda, led to all four Marlins runs being unearned. De Jesus has now made 15 errors on the season. Esqueda took the loss, the first of his career. Tito Polo...

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