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Pirates versus Pirates but only one can win

A right handed hitter squares up a baseball while wearing a red jersey and white pants. Behind him, a catcher in a navy blue jersey reaches his glove towards the ball.
Pirates first baseman Eli Paton swings at a pitch against the Arroyo Seco Royals June 26, 2022. Photo by Maddy Whiting

Don't Look Now. . .

Coming off a 11-4 road win Tuesday versus the SoCal Shepherds, Ventura County has now won 8 of their last 10 games, moving their record to (11-11-1) (9-3 Best of the West). Saturday, they head back home to Los Angeles Valley College in preparation for the Inland Valley Pirates (12-4-0). This will be the third matchup this season between the two, with both teams winning one game each. With a win here, Ventura County can leap over Inland Valley in the standings and take first place.

Making himself at home

RHP Andrew Dusablon is set to make his second start of the season for Ventura County. Dusablon is new with the team and recently made his first appearance on June 30 where he got the no-decision going 4 innings pitched allowing 1 hit, 2 earned runs and 4 strikeouts. Minus the walks he gave up last outing, Dusablon was in complete cruise control having his way against the Sentinels. Look for him to carry on his recent success on the mound against a strong Inland Valley Pirates team. Although new to the Pirates, Dusablon pitched in their organization as a member of the Ventura Bucs of the GCCL last summer.

Chop Wood, Carry Water

The Pirates have found their groove on offense averaging nearly 6.4 runs a game within a 10 game span. In particular, the top of the Pirates lineup has done an amazing job of getting on base, setting the tone for batters to come. The Camacho twins bat one and two in the lineup and are coming off a combined 5-hit performance. Their ability to get on base is absurd but what is also impressive is that they both lead the team in batting average with Ryan at .429 and Jovan boasting a .358. They are also first and third on the team in OBP with Ryan having a .500 OBP while his brother Jovan is not too far behind with a .474 OBP. Good news for the Pirates too is that team leader in OBP, Darren Taylor, will be making his return after a two-game absence. The bats are hot and ready, scoring a combined 64 runs in the past 10 games. The pirates have also stolen 47 bases on the season showing their aggressiveness on the base paths.

Pirates pitchers have done a good job of stepping up, shutting the door on teams in the later innings. Tuesday we saw RHP Cooper Haseley and Dylan Goodrich work out of tough bases loaded jams with zero outs. The bullpen, led by LHP Josh Yosfan continues to be lights out with a 0.53 ERA and 4 saves in 17 innings of work. However, other pitchers such as John Paul Claire and Daniel Parra have stepped onto the scene allowing only 1 earned run in a combined 9 ⅔ innings pitched since June 25. Look for these top arms to come out of the bullpen if needed.

League games Record . . .

At home: 4-0

On road: 5-3

Pirates Record When Leading After. . .

Sixth inning: 10-1

7th inning: 11-1

8th inning: 11-1


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