Archive for July 5th, 2009

Rinku And Dinesh Are Officially Bus Leaguers

The moment Andrew told you about on Wednesday has arrived, ladies and gents: Rinku Singh and Dinesh Patel are officially professional baseball players.

Technically, I guess they’ve been pros since they signed contracts with Pittsburgh, but now they can say that they have actually played in a game.

After their planned debuts were rained out for several days in a row, Rinku and Dinesh saw action for the first time on Saturday, pitching the seventh and eighth innings, respectively, for the GCL Pirates in a loss to the GCL Yankees.  Rinku allowed one run on two hits with one strikeout; Dinesh’s frame was spotless, requiring nine pitches, seven of them strikes.  Both featured a fastball that peaked around 83-84 miles per hour.

I have a feeling we’ll be keeping an eye on Rinku and Dinesh in the future, if only to see how far they end up going.  (Really, is there anyone out there who thinks the Pirates shouldn’t call them up when rosters expand in September, and pitch them once or twice down the stretch?  No harm in it, especially if Pittsburgh has nothing to play for.)

McOwen Extends Hit Streak To 41 Games

After waiting until the last possible moment – ninth inning, two outs, two strikes – to extend his hitting streak to forty games last night, High Desert Mavericks outfielder Jamie McOwen allowed for no such drama today, running the streak to forty-one with a single in his first at-bat against Visalia’s Trevor Harden.  According to Wikipedia, he has the 14th longest hitting streak in minor league history; Joe Wilhoit’s record of 69 straight has stood for 90 years.

McOwen is just the second player since 1961 to put together a streak longer than forty games; Brandon Watson hit in 43 straight games in 2007.