- Daniel Tapia
Pirates Seven-Game Win Streak Terminates
The Pirates (15-11-1) (13-3 Best of the West) were riding a 7 game win streak heading into Thursday's game versus the Arroyo Seco Sentinels, but saw the streak end there as they lost by a final score of 10-1 at Jackie Robinson Field at Brookside Park in Pasadena.
“We didn’t come ready to play,” said head coach George Vranau. “We got beat in all three areas, they hit the ball better, fielded the ball better and pitched better.”
The Pirates struck first when Left fielder Ryan Camacho ledoff the game with a single followed by a double by third baseman Darren Taylor who brought in Camacho scoring the first run of the game.
As for the pitching, RHP Alex Abbot (3-1) was making his second start of the season. Abbot worked through the first inning in under 13 pitches but once the second came around, he ran into traffic. With a mixture of errors and hard-hit balls, the Sentinels scored six runs in the second ending Abbot’s night there.
After Abbot entered LHP flamethrower Jimmy Urban. Urban knew he had to keep the Sentinels in check if he wanted to give his team a chance to win and he did exactly that pitching 2 scoreless innings with 1 hit, 0 earned runs and 2 strikeouts.
The bullpen would continue shoving when RHP Kellen Montgomery replaced Urban. Montgomery, who has come into his own in the second half of the season, continued his dominance facing just seven batters within two innings of work. He would also go two scoreless innings with 1 hit, 0 earned runs and 3 strikeouts.
The Pirates bats would stay quiet all game although they had several chances to score. In the 8th and 9th they would load the bases twice but have nothing to show for it losing by a final score of 10-1. Despite the loss, the Pirates have still won 8 of their last 10 games.
Ventura County will look to bounce back Friday evening as they’re on the road versus the Long Beach Legends at Long Beach City College. First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m. PST. For the pirates, it will be their third game in three days. For more information visit the @vcountypirates on instagram, @vcountypirates on twitter, and @venturacountypirates on facebook.