From Monday night, this highlight was posted too late for yesterday’s article, so we present it today. Gregory Polanco hits a double into the left-center field gap to bring home Chris Dickerson in the ninth inning of a 7-6 loss for Indianapolis. The double was the eighth of the season for Polanco. It was also his fourth hit of the game and it raised his batting average at the time to .397, tops in the International League. He went 1-for-4 with a stolen base on Tuesday night.
There weren’t any other videos on milb.com, so to fill this out, we get some highlights(and lowlights) from WJAC out of Johnstown, who posted this video/interview with Wandy Rodriguez following his outing last night. Rodriguez dominated for three innings, then imploded in the fourth. He pitched in the fifth inning like he did in the first three innings, then ran out of gas in the sixth when his pitch count was at his limit. Rodriguez threw 39 pitches in the fourth inning. If he was an actual prospect/minor league player, that single inning pitch total would have ended his night.
John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball.
When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.