Ex-pitcher sentenced for assault

The Associated Press

GREENSBURG — A former relief pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates was sentenced Tuesday to at least two years behind bars for statutory sexual assault and child pornography, among other charges, in a case involving a girl who was 13 when the encounters began.

Felipe Vazquez, 30, was sentenced to two to four years. He has already served almost two years in jail and will be eligible for a parole hearing one month after arriving in prison, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported.

Prosecutors said the former All-Star closer was in touch with the girl by text message from 2017 to 2019, the same years he played for Pittsburgh, and once met her outside a home in Scottdale, southeast of Pittsburgh, where, investigators say, he told them he tried to have sex with her.

The girl’s mother found their communication after the family had moved from Pennsylvania to Florida. Vazquez was arrested in September 2019 and is also facing related charges in Florida and Missouri.

Brault strong in loss

LOS ANGELES — A couple of newcomers helped produce a fourth straight victory for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Max Muncy hit a tiebreaking home run in the eighth inning and Billy McKinney went deep for the first time with Los Angeles in a 2-1 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday night.

McKinney is filling in for injured All-Star Mookie Betts since being acquired July 21 from the Mets. His solo shot tied the game in the seventh, and he also had a big assist from right field in the third when his pinpoint throw cut down a runner at third base.

“Billy really had a great night on both sides of the ball,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said.

Andre Jackson made his major league debut in the second inning after being recalled earlier in the day. The 25-year-old right-hander allowed two hits in four innings, struck out five and walked four. He has split this season between Double-A Tulsa and Triple-A Oklahoma City, with a combined record of 5-2 and a 3.28 ERA.

“It’s pretty unreal coming up to a team this stacked,” Jackson said. “It was everything I thought it was going to be. I didn’t have the nerves that I thought I was going to have, so I’m very grateful for that.”

The Dodgers’ winning streak over the Pirates reached a franchise-record 14 games and they’ve won 11 in a row against them at home. They are 21-2 versus Pittsburgh since 2017.

Blake Treinen (3-5) got the win in relief. He struck out two in 1 1/3 innings.

Kenley Jansen pitched the ninth for his 24th save, but not without some suspense.

The Pirates had the potential tying run in scoring position with one out after newly signed Yoshi Tsutsugo doubled into the left-field corner off Jansen. Tsutsugo moved to third on Hoy Park’s groundout, but Jansen got Ke’Bryan Hayes to ground out and the Pirates dropped their third in a row.

Pirates starter Steven Brault knew the Dodgers were dangerous when trailing by one run.

“It’s almost harder since it’s a bullpen game for them,” he said. “Everybody that comes up to the plate, you’ve got to be on your game.”

Brault made his second start of the season for the Pirates, allowing three hits in 5ª innings. He struck out four and walked one.

Offense was in short supply for both teams. They had three hits each through six scoreless innings.

Muncy homered twice in a 14-4 victory over the Mets on Sunday night. He and the rest of the Dodgers arrived back in Los Angeles after 3 a.m. Muncy popped up, walked and was hit by a pitch in his first three plate appearances before driving his 26th homer to right field off Chasen Shreve (1-1).

McKinney tied the game 1-all in the seventh, going deep to right off Anthony Banda in a matchup of lefties.

The Pirates took a 1-0 lead in the seventh. Gregory Polanco got hit by a pitch from Brusdar Graterol, took second on Rodolfo Castro’s infield single and scored on a throwing error by first baseman Cody Bellinger. Pinch-hitter Wilmer Difo sacrificed and Bellinger raced in only to fire the ball past first base.

The Pirates stranded 10 runners in the game.

Left-hander Justin Bruihl opened a bullpen game for the Dodgers with one inning in his first career start.


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