Coming off a 10-3 road win Thursday night, versus the Arroyo Seco Sentinels, The VC Pirates have put their road woes behind them winning 3 of the last 4 road games. The Pirates (8-10-1) (7-2 Best of the West), are finishing up their road trip Friday as they head to Scolinos field in preparation for the Inland Valley Bucs (1-7-1) making this their seventh game in seven days. This will be the second matchup against the Bucs this season, the first coming back on June 20, where they were in a high scoring affair, but the Pirates prevailed winning by a final score of 10-8. They will try to carry over their offensive firepower from Thursday into Friday’s game as they begin to creep up on first-place.
Get right spot for Goodrich
RHP Dylan Goodrich is set to make his fifth start of the season for the Pirates. He’s currently 2-1 with 16 innings pitched, 14 strikeouts and a 6.19 ERA. Up to now, Goodrich has made five appearances, all as the starter. Goodrich had his fair share of struggles early in the season but in his latest outing, he earned the win with 4 innings pitched, 1 earned run and 3 strikeouts. He will look to carry on his recent success on the mound tonight against the Inland Valley Bucs.
Outscoring opponents 37-15 in the last 5 league games
Since returning from Alaska, The Pirates have seemed to turn it around on both sides of the ball. The Pirates are averaging 7.4 runs within that span, with the whole lineup contributing. What helps out a lot is the ability of Ryan Camacho and Jovan Camacho to get on base at the top of the lineup. Ryan is leading the team with a .479 OBP while his brother Jovan is not too far behind with a .419 OBP. On the other hand, Andrew Tovar has been scorching hot, batting .400 during his 6-game hit streak.
As for the pitching, Pirates pitchers have held teams to 3 runs or less in 4 of the last 5 league games. They were able to hold off first place Inland Valley Bucs to two runs and held the Sentinels to three runs on only three hits. Josh Yosfan has been lights out all season, striking out 13 batters and boasting a 0.64 ERA in 14 innings of work. However, as of late, Alex Abbot and John Paul Claire have found their groove out the bullpen not allowing any runs in a combined 7 ⅔ innings pitched since June 25. Look for the Pirates to turn to any of the three out of the bullpen if needed.
Pirates Record . . .
At home: 3-0
On road: 5-10-1
Pirates Record When Leading After. . .
Sixth inning: 7-1
7th inning: 8-1
8th inning: 8-1
Pirates record when trailing after. . .
6th inning: 1-9
7th inning: 0-9
8th inning: 0-9