Buc Notes-Fastball command, errors, Minor League stars

Why Roansy Contreras struggled at times Sunday
ball knocked away from Rodolfo Castro on Arizona slide
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PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) – Just a sloppy game for the Pirates, committing three errors, five walks, five wild pitches and a series loss to Arizona. Diamondbacks get five runs off the Bucco bullpen for an 8-3 victory Sunday afternoon.

“We didn’t play well defensively today,” said Pirates Manager Derek Shelton. “We made a couple of careless errors that cost us a run (Ke’Bryan Hayes, Dauri Moreta). We’ve got to a better job of just catching the ball.”

Shelton said even a couple of the wild pitches that should have been blocked by catcher Jason Delay. Adding they can’t play like that and expect to win games.

Starter Roansy Contreras gave up three runs in five innings walking three and striking out three. All of the five Pirates pitchers gave up at least a run.

“The fastball command was erratic again,” Shelton said of Contreras. “We’ve got to get the fastball back on the plate. When you are not throwing the fastball where you want to it’s (also) hard to catch.”

“Trust it and just continue to work on the stuff I’ve been working on,” Contreras said, admitting he needs to be better with his fastball command. “Things have helped me before, just emphasize them.”

Pirates offense managed just three hits, Tucupita Marcano had the only Bucs RBIs with a two-run double in the fifth inning.

“I think he’s having better swings,” Shelton said. “He’s a kid that’s getting more comfortable. He’s done a nice job at short. He continues to do get offensively. He’s a guy you can do a lot with because he handles the bat really well. His swing is starting to be a lot smoother than we saw in the past.”

First rounder rolling

Another quality start from 2019 Bucs first-round pick Quinn Priester in AAA on Sunday. The 22-year-old right-hander threw five shutout innings against Iowa allowing five hits, two walks and struck out two. Priester has allowed three runs in 24 innings in May with 19 strikeouts to five walks, his ERA is 1.42 and WHIP is 0.84.

Malcom Mojo

Along with Johan Oviedo, the other part of the Jose Quintana trade to St. Louis last year, Malcom Nunez is having a nice May. The 22-year-old third-baseman had a pair of hits, including a home run (4th of the season) and three RBI on Sunday. This month the right-handed hitter has a .340 average/.431 on-base percentage with 13 RBI

Yes, Tres

A Bucs fifth-round pick out of Georgia Tech in 2022, Tres Gonzalez continues to tear up professional baseball. The 22-year-old outfielder doubled and raised his average to .309. In just 59 career minor league games, Gonzalez his hitting .308 with a .407 on base percentage and .813 OPS. The left-handed hitter also has 20 stolen bases.

Up Next

Pirates RHP Luis Ortiz starts as the Bucs open a series with the Rangers and their righty Dane Dunning (4-0, 1.69 ERA/0.88 WHIP). Texas leads the AL West and are 13-9 on the road this season.

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