Battle of The First and Second Place Pirates
Ventura County Pirates are streaking
With back-to-back home victories this past weekend The VC Pirates picked up a big road win Monday night against the East LA Dodgers putting their road woes behind them. The Pirates (6-9-1) (5-2 Best of the West), are back on the road Tuesday to Citrus College in preparation for Best of the Wests’ first place team, the Inland Valley Pirates (9-2) making this their fourth game in four days. This will be the second matchup against the IV Pirates this season, the first coming less than a week ago where Ventura County lost 2-7 at Cal Poly Pomona. Ventura County will try to carry over their offensive firepower from Monday into Tuesday's game as they look to extend their win streak to four.
Brady coming off two strong appearances
RHP Brady Schrank is set to make his first start of the season for Ventura County. He’s currently 0-1 with 7 ⅔ innings pitched, 4 strikeouts and a 4.70 ERA. Up to now, Schrank has made three appearances, all entering in relief. In his last 5 ⅔ innings pitched, he has not allowed a single earned run with 4 strikeouts to show for. Last time Ventura County faced Inland Valley, Schrank made an appearance out of the bullpen finishing with a strong 3 IP, 0 ER, and 0 H. He will look to carry on his recent success on the mound against a strong Inland Valley Pirates team.
Bats and pitching coming to life
What can’t Robbie Treto and Darren Taylor do? It was another game Monday night where Treto hit a homerun making that his 4th of the season. He is also leading the team with 15 RBI and second in OPS at 1.060. Right behind him in the batting order is Taylor. Taylor has extended his hitting streak to five games batting .389 during that span with 2 homeruns, 9 RBI and 17 total bases. He is the team leader in OPS with an insane 1.344 and second in RBI at 9. However, we can’t forget about Monday's top performers Troy Anderson and Andrew Tovar. After having relatively slow starts to the season, Anderson and Tovar put together quite the night going 4 for 4 and 3 for 4 sparking a late rally for the Pirates. Hopefully they can continue their success at the plate Tuesday.
On the pitching side of things, pitchers have stepped up the past two games by shutting out the Shepherds, holding the Sentinels to two runs on four hits and allowing only five earned against the Dodgers. Josh Yosfan in particular has been lights out, striking out 12 batters, and having a 0.00 ERA in 11 innings of work. Look for the Pirates to turn to him out of the bullpen if needed.
Pirates Record . . .
At home: 3-0
On road: 3-9-1
Pirates Record When Leading After. . .
Sixth inning: 5-1
7th inning: 6-1
8th inning: 6-1
Pirates record when trailing after. . .
6th inning: 1-8
7th inning: 0-8
8th inning: 0-8