Pirates Ride Late Rally, Extending Win Streak to Three
Coming off back-to-back home victories, The Ventura County Pirates (5-9-1, 4-2 Best of the West) visited the East LA Dodgers (5-5) under the lights at Azusa Pacific University Monday. The Pirates have been struggling on the road but today that changed thanks to a late rally resulting in a 15-8 Pirates victory.
Making his third start of the season, Brandon Doehne (1-1) looked to collect his second win of the season. The Dodgers pushed across some runs in the first two innings, but Doehne showed his ability to make in-game adjustments. He did not allow a single run the rest of his outing. Doehne finished his night with 5 IP, 8 H, 4 ER and 5 K.
Down 4-0, the Pirates offense was ready to respond, loading the bases with back-to-back-to-back singles by first baseman Troy Anderson, designated hitter Andrew Tovar and left fielder Ryan Camacho. This brought up right fielder Jovan Camacho who grounded into a fielder's choice, collecting the Pirates first run of the game. Following Jovan Camacho came the Pirates hottest hitter, second baseman Robbie Treto. On a 1-1 count, Treto crushed a 2-run homerun making that his 4th home run of the season and cutting the deficit to only 1.
With the hitting streak Treto has been on, his OPS average has skyrocketed to an impressive 1.060 which is only second on the team sitting behind third baseman Darren Taylor.
RHP Cooper Haseley entered in relief for Doehne. Haseley retired the first two of three batters, but proved to be a victim of errors from the defense behind him, as the the Dodgers reclaimed three unearned runs.
Trailing 7-3, The Pirates needed to put a big inning together before it was too late. Starting in the 7th, shortstop Lee Brandzel and catcher Ethan Firestone were put on base via walk and hit by pitch. Anderson would then double, loading the bases with zero outs and top of the lineup up.
“Up to this point I have struggled a little,” said Anderson. “I feel like I was more aggressive just tryna put the bat on the ball and it worked out.”
Troy Anderson would be the spark the team needed this game as he finished his night going 4 for 4 with 1 walk and 1 RBI to earn himself the Pirates player of the game award.
The next three batters due up would all get hit by a pitch bringing around three runs to score. Still with bases loaded came up Taylor. Taylor has been on a terror and it did not stop as he hit a go-ahead bases clearing double giving the Pirates their first lead of the night 9-7.
“The pitcher couldn’t find the zone, so I was ready to jump on a fastball,” said Taylor. “He gave me one and I put a good swing on it.”
Although the Dodgers reclaimed one run back in the seventh, it was too late because the Pirates never looked back, tacking on six more runs in the last two innings off play. LHP Andrew Tovar and RHP John Paul Claire closed out the game combining for 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R and 3 K.
The Pirates look to continue their hot streak Tuesday evening as they’re on the road once again versus the Inland Valley Pirates at Citrus College with first pitch scheduled for 4:30 p.m. PST. For more information visit the @vcountypirates on Instagram, @vcountypirates on twitter, and @venturacountypirates on Facebook.