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Pirates draftee tosses perfect game

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MINNEAPOLIS — High school pitcher Matt Dermody, a Pirates draft pick, struck out all 18 batters he faced Monday in throwing a six-inning perfect game.

Dermody, 18, a senior at Norwalk High in Des Moines, Iowa, also hit a pair of home runs in the 10-0 victory against South Tama High. Iowa high schools play in the summer and use a 10-run mercy rule.

According to the Iowa High School Athletic Association, Dermody is the first Iowa pitcher to strike out every batter he faced in a complete game.

The Pirates last week drafted Dermody in the 26th round. He has not yet signed with the team, and also is considering a scholarship offer from the University of Iowa.

• Analyst Kevin Goldstein, writing this week for Baseball Prospectus, labeled Pedro Alvarez “a model of inconsistency.” Here’s what Goldstein had to say after the 2008 first-round draft pick went 2 for 4 (including his 13th and 14th home runs) with 6 RBI on Tuesday for Class A Lynchburg:

“Alvarez’s .233 batting average is a profound disappointment, but every so often he suddenly looks like the league’s best hitter. Tuesday represents his second two-home run game in the last five games, but in the three contests between the outbursts, he went 0 for 11. He’s walked 35 times and more than half of his hits have gone for extra bases, and most believe that at some point the average is going to come around.”

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