- Daniel Tapia
Pirates Pitching In Cruise Control
Coming off a tough loss Thursday night, The Ventura County Pirates (15-12-1) (13-4 Best of the West) flipped the script Friday as the pitching dominated the Long Beach Legends. With this 3-1 win Friday, the Pirates have now won 9 of their last 11 games putting themselves atop the standings.
For the Pirates, RHP Andrew Dusablon was making his third start of the season. Dusablon did not miss a beat as he was completely locked in from the first pitch. He constantly got ahead of hitters, overpowering them with his fastball following that up with his off speed. Throughout his start Dusablon did not allow a batter to reach second base until the 5th inning. Overall, Dusablon had a start for the ages finishing with 5 IP, 4 H, 0 ER and 7 K.
As for the offense, the bats stayed relatively quiet until the third inning came around. With one out, designated hitter Troy Anderson singled for the Pirates first hit of the game. Catcher Jack Burke would follow that up with a walk putting a runner in scoring position for shortstop Angelo Aleman. Aleman pulled through driving in Anderson with an RBI single giving the Pirates a 1-0 lead.
The next action the Pirates saw was in the sixth inning when the Camacho twins would deliver back-to-back singles followed by a walk to second baseman Robbie Treto. This loaded the bases with two outs for first baseman Andrew Tovar. Tovar has excelled this year when hitting with two strikes and he delivered once again on a two strike count with a single going the other way, bringing home the Camacho twins.
After Dusablon entered LHP Josh Yosfan. Yosfan has been lights out all season, but today he saw his first real test when he entered with the bases loaded and zero outs. Yosfan was able to get the first out from an infield pop up, then a groundout to home and another infield pop up would get him out the inning untouched.
From there, Yosfan locked in, tallying six strikeouts in his last three innings of work. He would finish his day going 4 IP, 5 H, 1 ER and 6 K.
Ventura County will look to keep it going Saturday as they’re back at home versus the East LA Dodgers at Los Angeles Valley College. First pitch is scheduled for 11 a.m. PST. For more information visit the @vcountypirates on instagram, @vcountypirates on twitter, and @venturacountypirates on facebook.