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.
Result: Mets2 6, Pirates 1
Starting Pitcher: Ramon Rodriguez, RHP (1-4, 2.52) – 5.0 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 HR
Top Hitter: Pablo Reyes, SS (.306) – 2-for-4, SB
Other Notable Performers:
Julio de la Cruz, 3B (.202) – 1-for-4, RBI
Adderly Ceballo, RHP (3.32) – 3.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR
Johan De Jesus, SS (.168) – DNP
Game Notes: The Pirates dropped both games to the Mets2 to open up their week, losing today by a 6-1 score. Starting pitcher Ramon Rodriguez had an unusually tough outing, giving up four runs over five innings and picking up his fourth loss. In his eight previous starts combined, Rodriguez had allowed a total of five earned runs. Pablo Reyes had two hits and scored the only run. Julio de la Cruz had the only RBI, his 30th of the season. The Pirates had six hits in the game, all singles. Their was only one walk in the entire game, which was drawn by first baseman Dennis Hurtarte. The Pirates1 have a 30-26 record, fourth best in their division. They trail the first place Rangers by 12.5 games.
Result: Pirates 9, Rojos 1
Starting Pitcher: Omar Basulto, LHP (2-3, 2.00) – 5.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 0 HR
Top Hitter: Edgar Figueroa, RF (.281) – 3-for-5, 2 3B, 4 RBI, SB
Other Notable Performers:
Michael de la Cruz, CF (.326) – 3-for-3, 2B, 2 BB, SB
Jhoan Herrera, 3B (.236) – 0-for-5
Francis Rodriguez, RHP (4.32) – 3.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR
Yoel Gonzalez, C (.178) – 2-for-5, 2B
Game Notes: The Pirates got great starting pitching from Omar Basulto and their bats combined for 12 hits and seven walks, leading to a 9-1 win over the Rojos, the Reds second team. Basulto has been on a hot streak recently, allowing one earned run over his last six starts combined, a total of 28.2 innings. He has 30 strikeouts over that same time. Top prospect Michael de la Cruz reached base in all five plate appearances, collecting three hits and two walks. In 48 games, the 17-year-old center fielder has 56 hits and 48 walks. Edgar Figueroa had two triples and four RBI’s. He now has seven triples and 33 RBI’s this season, both totals lead the two Pirates affiliates. Yoel Gonzalez had two hits on Tuesday, giving him an eight game hitting streak.
Player Of The Day
In 2011, the Pirates sent an 18-year-old 6’3″ left-handed pitcher to the Venezuelan Summer League named Alexander Gutierrez. He saw plenty of time on the mound, but it came with horrible command issues. In eight starts and five relief appearances, he pitched 31.1 innings and allowed 33 walks. That huge walk total also came with just eight strikeouts. Gutierrez moved to the DSL in 2012 and pitched strictly in relief. He threw 18.1 innings over 14 appearances and gave up 18 runs and 18 walks. He was tough to hit, posting a .232 BAA and he had a decent 1.21 GO/AO ratio. While it wasn’t real good, his 5.4/9IP strikeout rate was still much better than his first season. This season Gutierrez has stuck with the relief role, throwing 11 innings over ten appearances. He has ten strikeouts and a .200 BAA, but with 17 walks, his free pass rate has been even worse than in the past. While you’d like to stick with a lefty with good size, it is unlikely he will be able to advance to the States with 68 walks in 60.2 innings. He still has one more season of eligibility left in the DSL.