Rodriguez allowed no earned runs and fanned four over four innings

The Pirates played host to the Yankees' class A teams at Pirate City today, in games dominated by the pitching.  Outside of a first inning outburst by the Pirates' high A squad, there was little offense.

The low A game finished in a 1-1 tie, as Joely Rodriguez put together a strong start.  He allowed just one unearned run on one hit and one walk over four innings, while fanning four.  The left-hander threw his fastball in the 87-90 mph range and showed a sharp slider.  Rodriguez has been up as high as 95 in the past, but he seems to be much more effective when he focuses on keeping the ball down at the expense of some velocity, as the pitch has good movement.  He got swings and misses with both the fastball and slider...

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