• Daniel Tapia

Pirates Pitching Provides Bright Spot in 4-0 Season Opening Loss


The Pirates fell 4-0 to the Riptide Tuesday. Photo by Robert Hollar

On June 7, 2022 The Ventura County Pirates opened their 2022 season on the road against The OC Riptide. The Pirates pitching was the bright spot in this game as they put up a strong outing.


“Our pitchers gave us a shot to win, there's no question about that,” Pirates Head Coach George Vranau said. “Offensively we need to take better quality at bats.”


Five year Pirates pitcher Deandrey Carter drew the start as he looked to begin the summer on a strong note. Carter threw three innings allowing zero hits and zero earned runs.After the first three hitters of the game reached base, Carter battled out of traffic, retiring the next nine batters in order.


“Trying to get back to what I was comfortable with was my main focus tonight,” said Carter. “I was able to really minimize the damage and be efficient with my performance.”


In the top of the fourth inning, 6’8” left handed flame thrower Jimmy Urban entered in relief of Carter. Urban struck out the first two batters he faced and got the third out on a weak ground ball to third. He went on to pitch two innings with three strikeouts and zero earned runs.


“This is a good night, they held a team in the California Collegiate League to four runs,” said Vranau.


In the eight inning, right handed pitcher Daniel Parra saw his first competitive actions since undergoing Tommy John surgery. Parra looked comfortable out on the mound as he worked two innings. He allowed the first two runners to reach base but quickly got out the inning with a fielder's choice and a ground ball double play. He cruised through the ninth striking out the last 2 of 3 batters faced. Parra finished his night with two strikeouts and zero earned runs.


Ultimately, The Pirates would drop the season opener by a final score of 0-4. They are right back at it Wednesday as they prepare to take on the East LA Dodgers at East Los Angeles College. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. and the game will be broadcast on the Pirates’ Facebook Live.


Daniel Tapia