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DSL Prospect Watch: Pirates Shutout Mets and Marlins

For a season preview of the Pittsburgh Pirates two Dominican Summer League teams, check out our article here.  For a recap of the DSL All-Star game, check out our article here. Throughout the year, we will provide the recaps of both teams, as well as highlight one player each day. Pittsburgh_Pirates10

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Box Score

Result: Pirates 7, Marlins 0

Starting Pitcher: Miguel Ferreras, RHP (1-5, 4.66) – 5.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Julio de la Cruz, 3B (.207) – 1-for-4, 2B, RBI, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Tito Polo, LF (.294) – 2-for-5

Carlos Ruiz, RHP (0.79) – 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Johan De Jesus, SS (.161) – 1-for-1, RBI, BB

Dennis Hurtarte, 1B (.156) – 1-for-4, 2B, RBI

Game Notes: Starter Miguel Ferreras and two relievers combined on a one-hit shutout over the Marlins on Tuesday. The only hit allowed came in the third inning with two outs. Ferreras picked up his first win of the year. Despite the 1-5 record, he has given up two earned runs or less in seven of his ten starts. Tito Polo returned to the lineup after missing six games due to a hamstring injury. He collected two hits and stole a base, his 19th of the season. Julio de la Cruz hit his tenth double and drove in his 29th run, tied for the highest total among all Pirates players with Jhoan Herrera.

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Box Score

Result:  Pirates 11, Mets1 0

Starting Pitcher: Jose Batista, LHP (2-0, 2.29) – 5.0 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jose Salazar, 1B (.203) – 3-for-4, 2B, 4 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Steven De La Mota, LF (.286) – 4-for-5, 2B, RBI

Jhoan Herrera, 3B (.247) – 0-for-5

Alexis Bastardo, RF (.256) – 2-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI

Michael de la Cruz, CF (.329) – DNP

Hector Garcia, LHP (1.73) – 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Yoel Gonzalez, C (.162) – 2-for-4, HR, 2 RBI

Game Notes: The Pirates2 moved to 27-20 on the season with a one-sided shutout over the Mets1. Starter Jose Batista threw five shutout innings and over his last three starts, he hasn’t allowed an earned run in 15 innings. Batista has given up more than one earned run in just one of his 12 appearances. Reliever Hector Garcia picked up his first save by throwing the last three innings. The Pirates had 16 hits, among them were the team-leading fifth triple from Edgar Figueroa and the first career home run from Yoel Gonzalez. Jose Salazar had four RBI’s, doubling his season total. Pitcher Remy De Aza pitched the sixth inning, walking a batter. It was his first appearance since June 4th, his season debut.

Player Of The Day

Today’s player of the day is Hector Garcia, who picked up his first career save today. The 17-year-old, 6’0″, 170 pound  lefty has had an impressive debut to his career so far, posting a 3-1, 1.73 record. In 13 relief appearances, he has pitched a total of 26 innings, going multi-innings in each of his last five outings. Garcia has had some control issues, walking 14 batters, but he has kept runs off the board. In his last ten games, he has an 0.84 ERA in 21.1 innings. Right-handed batters are hitting just .190 against him, while lefties are 2-for-13 with one walk. Garcia has not allowed a home run yet, though he gives up more fly balls that you would like to see. He has an 0.57 GO/AO ratio. His age and limited innings probably means he will return to the DSL next year, but he seems to be on the right track early on.

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John Dreker

John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.

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