The first round of the Dominican Summer League playoffs wrapped up this morning, with the Pirates2 taking on the Tigers in the finale of a best-of-three series. The Tigers won big in game one, then almost made a comeback in game two after the Pirates2 took an early lead. With the series on the line, the Pirates2 turned to 19-year-old righty Eduardo Vera, who had an impressive season this year. He went 1-0, 1.95 in 13 starts and one relief appearance, posting strong numbers across the board.
The Pirates2 had two men on in the first inning, but couldn't score. In the bottom of the inning, the Tigers got on the board with their fifth home run of the series, a one out solo shot. Vera settled down quickly and got the next two outs, then after hitting the lead-off batter in the second inning, he got out of that inning facing the minimum thanks to a caught stealing with the help of his catcher Yoel Gonzalez.
The Pirates2 loaded the bases in the third inning without a hit. Three straigh...
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.