Pirates Spark Late Rally to Capture Second Straight Win
The Ventura County Pirates (4-9-1, 4-2 SBL) hosted a matinee game against the Arroyo Seco Sentinels Sunday, resulting in the Pirates earning their second straight win by the score of 6-2.
The Pirates were able to capitalize in the latter half of their matchup, tallying four runs across their last three innings of offense. Three Pirates hitters finished with multi-hit games, with two also collecting two runs batted in.
Pirates southpaw Jimmy Urban was tasked with his second start of the season, not needing to go more than a couple innings. Despite a 33-pitch second inning, Urban shined in his two innings of work, only allowing one hit and one earned run, while walking and striking out two.
Urban was able to preserve a 1-1 tie for right-handed reliever Dylan Goodrich (W, 2-1), who was asked to manage the heavy lifting. The third inning proved to be the only blemish for Goodrich, as a sacrifice fly gave the Sentinels a 2-1 lead. Goodrich proceeded to dominate the Sentinels hitters, not allowing a single hit and only one walk throughout the next three innings of work. Goodrich finished with a final stat line of 4 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 1 K while tossing 58 pitches.
The Pirates were able to ensure that Goodrich wouldn’t finish in the losing column, as a sacrifice fly from Ethan Firestone tied the game at 2. After the Sentinels brought in their first reliever in the bottom of the sixth inning, the Pirates bats looked to change their fortunes in the right direction.
A two-out RBI triple from Robbie Treto sparked a late rally to give the Pirates the lead, followed immediately by an RBI double from Darren Taylor to bring the lead to two. After leaving the bases loaded in the seventh inning, the Pirates bats provided some insurance with another two runs, including an RBI single from Treto.
“We got in the double digit column for hits today, so it seems like [our offense is] starting to get hot,” said Darren Taylor.
The final three innings of relief were tasked to Daniel Parra, who notched his first save of the season, while allowing only one hit, one walk, and striking out two to secure the Pirates win.
The Pirates will look to stretch their winning streak, as they head to Azusa Pacific University to face the East LA Dodgers on Monday. First pitch will be scheduled at 6:00 p.m.