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DSL Prospect Watch: Pirates Beat Yankees, Lose Tough One Against Angels

DSL Prospect Watch: Pirates Beat Yankees, Lose Tough One Against Angels

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Box Score

Result: Angels 3, Pirates 2

Starting Pitcher: Christian Henriquez, LHP (2.00) - 5.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Rodney Polonia, 3B (.254) - 1-for-4, 3B, RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Julio de la Cruz, DH (.203) - 0-for-4

Brayan Almonte, RHP (7.62) - 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Johan De Jesus, SS (.164) - DNP

Dennis Hurtarte, 1B (.157) - 0-for-2, 2 BB

Game Notes: The Pirates took a 2-0 lead into the bottom of the ninth, but the Angels rallied for three runs to get the walk-off win. Starter Christian Henriquez was strong, throwing five shutout innings by scattering four hits and two walks. He gave way to Brayan Almonte, who h...

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