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DSL Prospect Watch: Vivas, Herrera Keep Pirates2 Alive in 6-5 Victory Over Tigers

DSL Prospect Watch: Vivas, Herrera Keep Pirates2 Alive in 6-5 Victory Over Tigers

The Dominican Summer League playoffs continued today as the Pirates2 returned home facing elimination against the Tigers DSL affiliate after losing 10-0 yesterday in the opener of a best-of-three game series. The Pirates2 went with 19-year-old righty Julio Vivas on the mound. He went 5-2, 2.30 on the year and pitched even better at home, going 2-0, 0.75 in six starts. 

After being hit around all game yesterday, it was the Pirates2 that got on the board early, scoring two first inning runs. Gustavo Barrios had a one out walk and after an infield fly made it two outs, Alexis Bastardo was hit by a pitch. That brought up designated hitter Jhoan Herrera, who brought home both runs with a double. The 18-year-old Herrera was one of the highest priced International free agents signed last year by the Pirates. During the regular season he had 36 RBI's in 64 games.

In the third inning, it was again Herrera's bat that helped the Pirates2 out. After a walk from Carlos Munoz and Bastardo bein...

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