Only the DSL was in action today. The FCL season ended, as did the season for Altoona. Bradenton and Greensboro start the playoffs tomorrow. Indianapolis still has two weeks left, playing five-game series Wednesday-Sunday this week and next.
DSL PIRATES BLACK
Starting Pitcher: Yoldin De La Paz 4 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO
Enmanuel Terrero 1-for-2, 2 BB, RBI
Javier Rivas 1-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI
Shalin Polanco 1-for-4, 2B
Omar Alfonzo 0-for-2, BB
Ruben Vizcaya 0-for-2, BB
Game Recap: Starter Yoldin De La Paz came into this game with a 1.78 ERA and an 0.89 WHIP in 30.1 innings, with 35 strikeouts. He couldn’t keep up that blistering pace on Monday, going four innings, with two runs on five hits, one walk and just one strikeout. Jesus Clode followed with two shutout innings, then Darlin Diaz closed out the 6-2 win with a scoreless seventh. Pirates scored their first run on a Rafael Escalante single in the third inning. They scored their next run on an error in the fourth, followed by a bases loaded walk to Enmanuel Terrero. A passed ball gave them a 4-2 lead, then Javier Rivas drove in two runs with his fourth double. Shalin Polanco hit his fifth double.
DSL PIRATES GOLD
Starting Pitcher: Roelmy Garcia 2 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 SO
Jeral Toledo 1-for-3
Wesley Zapata 3-for-4, RBI
Gustavo Armas 0-for-2, RBI
Esmerlyn Valdez 1-for-3
Eddy Rodriguez 1-for-3
Rodolfo De La Cruz 0-for-0, 3 BB, 2 SB
Dioris Valdez 0-for-1, 2 BB
Game Recap: Roelmy Garcia came into this day with a 4.05 ERA in 20 innings, with 35 strikeouts, but also 25 walks. He had a typical outing with strikeouts and control issues leading to runs. He gave up three runs (two earned) on two hits, three walks and three strikeouts. Patricio Ress took over in the third inning and tossed three shutout innings for the win. This game was called with two outs in the top of the sixth due to rain, with the Pirates winning 4-3. Rodolfo De La Cruz had quite a game without swinging the bat. He walked in all three plate appearances, scored a run and stole two bases. Wesley Zapata had three hits and an RBI. Pedro Figuereo, who is batting .140 now, had an RBI double (his first) and a sacrifice fly to drive in two of the four runs.
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.