Prospect Watch: Po-Yu Chen with Another Strong Performance on Monday

Only the short-season teams were in action on Monday.

FCL PIRATES BLACK

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Starting Pitcher: Po-Yu Chen 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 SO

Notable Performances:

Solomon Maguire 0-for-1, BB

Deion Walker, 0-for-1, Run

Juan Jerez 0-for-3, RBI

Angel Basabe 1-for-2, RBI, HBP

Luis Tejeda 2-for-3, RBI

Game Recap: Po-Yu Chen is off to an amazing start in his pro career. After five shutout innings today, he has allowed one run in 21 innings, with 26 strikeouts and no walks. Allowing with no walks, batters are hitting just .173 against him. The Pirates won 3-0 in seven innings. The runs scored on an Angel Basabe single, a sacrifice fly by Juan Jerez, and a single by Luis Tejeda. Those two singles accounted for half of the team’s hits. Tejeda had two hits and scored a run. Juan Jerez has 14 RBIs. Carlos Canache stole his ninth base. Rayber Romero stole his seventh base.

FCL PIRATES GOLD

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Starting Pitcher: Joelvis Del Rosario 5 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 8 SO

Notable Performances:

Jasiah Dixon 0-for-2, BB

Tsung-Che Cheng 0-for-3

Dustin Fowler 0-for-3

Sergio Campana 0-for-2, BB

Rodolfo Nolasco 0-for-2, BB

Deivis Nadal 0-for-3

Game Recap: Starter Joelvis Del Rosario went five innings and gave up two runs while striking out eight batters. He now has a 3.70 ERA in 24.1 innings, with a 1.07 WHIP and 33 strikeouts. Darvin Garcia tossed scoreless ball over the final two innings in the 2-1 loss. The Pirates had just two hits (a theme for today). They scored their run on a Claudio Finol single in the third inning. The only other hit was by Geovanny Planchart and it appears that it was just a misplayed pop up. Randy Romero stole his sixth base.

DSL PIRATES BLACK

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Starting Pitcher:  Antwone Kelly 4 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 SO

Notable Performances:

Enmanuel Terrero 0-for-3

Jesus Castillo 0-for-2, HBP

Omar Alfonzo 1-for-2, BB

Shalin Polanco 0-for-2, BB, 2 SB

Javier Rivas 0-for-2, BB

Ewry Espinal 0-for-2, BB

Ruben Vizcaya 0-for-3

Game Recap: Starter Antwone Kelly had his best outing, throwing four shutout innings on four hits, with no walks and four strikeouts. The bullpen didn’t do so well, and the offense forgot to show up in the 5-1 loss. Reyson Santos followed Kelly and allowed five runs while recording just one out. Two of those runs were unearned, as the Pirates committed three errors. Miguel Diaz tossed 2.2 shutout innings, though he allowed both inherited runners to score. The Pirates had singles by Ronny Sanchez and Omar Alfonzo as their only hits. Their lone run scored on a double play grounder in the fourth inning. Shalin Polanco stole the first two bases of his career.

DSL PIRATES GOLD

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Starting Pitcher: Roelmy Garcia 3 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 SO

Notable Performances:

Jeral Toledo 1-for-3, BB

Gustavo Armas 0-for-2, 2 BB

Esmeryln Valdez 0-for-3

Robert De Paula 0-for-2, RBI, BB

Rodolfo De La Cruz 0-for-2, BB

Delfin Ramirez 0-for-3

Game Recap: Starter Roelmy Garcia has been limited by poor control this year, throwing 4.2 innings in his first three outings. He walked two over three innings on Monday, so it wasn’t a complete turnaround, but the fact that he lasted three innings and gave up just one hit is a good sign. He struck out five batters, giving him 13 strikeouts in 7.2 innings this season. He was followed by Wilkin Valdez, who allowed three runs in two innings, though they were all unearned. Weslyn Toussaint pitched a scoreless sixth, as the Pirates lost 4-2 on the road. There wasn’t a single RBI hit from either side in this game. Pirates scored their runs on a bases loaded walk to Robert De Paula and a wild pitch brought home the second run. The opposing runs scored on a wild pitch, a throwing error, a ground out and a steal of home. The Pirates had just two hits, including the first double from Jhonson Pena, who has a .348 average in limited time.

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