- Daniel Tapia
Pirates bats come to life handing Alaska their first loss of the season
It had been a tough stretch for The Pirates but their offense found itself Thursday as they secured a 9-4 win over the Alaska Goldpanners.
The damage started early with a leadoff single by The Pirates hottest hitter Ryan Camacho. Camacho came into this game batting .714 in his last 3 games and it did not stop there.
Ryan Camacho led off the game with a leadoff single followed by a hit by pitch to center fielder Jovan Camacho. After an error and a wild pitch, designated hitter Andrew Tovar brought in Ryan off a ground ball to second. Later in the inning, second baseman Robbie Treto hammered a ball over the left field wall for a three-run homerun. One more run would come around to score off another single by Ryan capping off the Pirates six-run first inning.
After an eventful top half of the first, The Pirates started RHP Brandon Doehne. Doehne (1-0) was dealing through the first 5 innings only allowing three batters to reach base. It wasn’t till the 6 inning when he ran into trouble and allowed 4 runs to come in. Nonetheless, Doehne had a solid enough start to get the win\.
In relief for Doehne came right hander Kellan Montgomery. Montgomery was phenomenal from the start keeping the Goldpanners in check. Through 3.2 innings pitched he only allowed 1 hit, 0 runs and 2 strikeouts.
Ventura added three more insurance runs in the ninth thanks to a Jovan single that scored Ryan, Aleman and Rebrook. The Pirates would win by a final score of 9-4.
This was the Goldpanners first loss of the season and The Pirates will look to finish the series off strong. The last game of the series is scheduled for 3pm PST on Saturday in Fairbanks Alaska. For more information visit the @vcountypirates on Instagram, @vcountypirates on twitter, and @venturacountypirates on Facebook.