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DSL Prospect Watch: Pirates2 Can Clinch Playoffs on Friday

Pittsburgh_Pirates10For 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/stat each day.

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Box Score

Result: Pirates 2, Mets2 1

Starting Pitcher: Jose Regalado, RHP (6-4, 2.60) 5.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Rudy Guzman, LF (.277) – 2-for-5, 2 3B

Other Notable Performers:

Dennis Hurtarte, 1B (.252) – 1-for-3,  BB

Julio de la Cruz, DH (.197) – 0-for-3, HBP

Carlos Ruiz, RHP (1.20) – 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Johan De Jesus, SS (.189) – 0-for-4

Game Notes: The Pirates1 helped out the other affiliate by beating the team chasing them for the Wildcard spot. The Pirates1 won 2-1 over the Mets2 behind the pitching of Jose Regalado, who threw five shutout innings to pick up his sixth win of the season. It was an odd outing for Regalado, who issued two walks in the game. That is the same amount of walks he gave up in the first 64.1 innings he pitched this season. Miguel Ferreras relieved Regalado and allowed one run over 2.1 innings, giving way to Carlos Ruiz, who picked up his fifth save. Ruiz came on in the eighth with two runners on and one out, working out of the jam to preserve the one run lead. He then closed out the game with a scoreless ninth. Rudy Guzman had two triples and scored a run, while Ramses Pena had two doubles and an RBI. Deybi Garcia had the other RBI.

 

PIRATES2

Box Score

Result: Pirates 12, Rojos 2

Starting Pitcher: Jose Batista, LHP (3-0, 2.24) – 5.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Carlos Munoz, 1B (.323) –  2-for-3, 2B, BB, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Michael de la Cruz, CF (.290) –  2-for-4, BB, 2B, 2 RBI

Alexis Bastardo, RF (.279) – 2-for-3,  2 RBI

Eduardo Figueroa, CF (.268) – 2-for-4, BB, RBI

Francis Rodriguez, RHP (3.48) – 4.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Jhoan Herrera, 3B (.235) –  1-for-5

Game Notes: The Pirates2 extended their current win streak to 15 games and with the win by the Pirates1 over the Mets2, they moved to two games ahead in the Wildcard standings. Rookie starter Jose Batista finished his season with a perfect 3-0 record by allowing two runs over five innings. Reliever Francis Rodriguez threw four shutout innings to pick up the save. The Pirates had 15 hits, five of which were doubles and they drew 11 walks, helping them put 12 runs on the board. Carlos Munoz drove in three runs, giving him 35 on the year. Eduardo Figueroa drove in his 40th run of the season and Alexis Bastardo had two RBI’s, giving him 14 RBI’s in his last seven games.

Stats Of The Day

The Pirates2 could clinch a playoff spot on Friday with a loss by the Mets2, or they could win it on their own. The team has a doubleheader to play against the Orioles2, with the first game being the completion of a suspended game. When they resume that game first thing on Friday, the score will be 0-0 in the fifth inning. If they win both games, they will also clinch the Wildcard spot regardless of what the Mets2 do on Friday. The Mets2 have a fairly easy series left, taking on the 26-43 Marlins. The Orioles2 team isn’t much better than the Marlins with their 31-37 record. With a 15 game win streak going into Friday and the level of competition they are facing, it seems like the Pirates2 are in a very good spot to clinch the Wildcard and move on to the playoffs, which are set to begin on Monday.

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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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