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: Pirates 7, Rockies 5 in 10 innings
Starting Pitcher: Jose Regalado, RHP (3.03) – 5.0 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HR
Top Hitter: Rudy Guzman, RF (.291) – 2-for-3, 2B, BB, 2 SB
Other Notable Performers:
Julio de la Cruz, 3B (.206) – 1-for-4, RBI, BB
Gerardo Navarro, RHP (3-0, 3.18) – 4.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR
Johan De Jesus, SS (.171) – DNP
Dennis Hurtarte, 1B (.192) – 1-for-3, RBI, 2 BB
Game Notes: Jose Regalado allowed four runs(three earned) on a season-high eight hits, but he continued to show the amazing control he has displayed all season. In 59.1 innings over 12 starts, Regalado has issued two walks, while picking up 47 strikeouts. Gerardo Navarro followed Regalado and went for the rare four inning save, though he came up just short. After allowing a ninth inning run, the Pirates put two runs on the board in the top of the tenth, giving Navarro the win instead. Christopher De Leon pitched the tenth for his third save. Rudy Guzman scored three runs from the lead-off spot and he extended his hitting streak to nine games. Ramses Pena had three hits and stole three bases. Luis Benitez stole his 26th base. He also drove in two runs. Julio de la Cruz drove in his 33rd run of the season, tying him for the most among both Pirates teams.
Result: Pirates 0, Orioles2 0 suspended in the 5th inning
Game Notes: The Pirates and Orioles2 had their game today suspended in the fifth inning due to rain with no score. The two teams meet again August 23-24, the last series of the season and the game will be completed prior to one of those games.
Player Of The Day
In March, the Pirates signed two pitchers from Mexico, Jherson Esqueda and Gerardo Navarro. The latter is a 19-year-old righty with decent size a 6’2″, 194 pounds. In his rookie season, he has been used strictly out of the bullpen, making 16 relief appearances. Navarro has had good overall results, though he has done it with control issues. He has a 3-0, 3.18 record, picking up one save early in the season. The righty has pitched a total of 34 innings, holding batters to a .222 average, but he has issued 26 walks. The command has been off all season. He has also struck out just 15 batters and it is getting worse as the season goes along. In his last 19.2 innings(ten games) he has a total of five strikeouts, with two of them coming in Thursday’s game. One highlight of his season besides the low BAA is a strong 1.33 GO/AO ratio. Like his strikeout total though, that too has been worse lately, dropping below the 1.00 mark in his last ten games. Due to the extreme command issues, it’s tough to project much success for Navarro, who turns twenty later this month.