Many Familiar Winter League Pitchers
PUERTO RICAN LEAGUE
Leones de Ponce 4, Senadores de San Juan 1 — Former Pirate farmhand RJ Rodriguez earned his 11th save of the season with a scoreless 9th inning. He worked around a one-out single, and struck out the final batter of the game.
Perth Heat 8, Canberra Cavalry 1 (Game 1) — The Heat continued their hot hitting, with 4 runs in the 2nd, 3 in the 3rd, and one in the 4th. Canberra reliever Rinku Singh was able to shut down the Heat bats, though — he pitched the final two innings, and allowed only a single, while he struck out one batter. Canberra batters were also mostly shut down, scoring their one run on only two hits, with a little help from a Heat error.
Cavalry 6, Heat 4 (Game 2) — The Cavalry found their bats in the night-cap. All but one of the starting line-up had at least one hit, for a total of 16 hits. Twelve of those hits came in the first 4 innings, off the Heat starter. The downside is that they scored 5 runs on those 12 hits, but left 13 runners stranded on base. Singh did not get to pitch in this game.
Adelaide Bite 7, Sydney Blue Sox 3 — Pirate farmhand Jarryd Sullivan made his ABL debut for the Blue Sox, though it was not how he’d hoped to do it. Sullivan took the mound to begin the 8th inning, with the Bite leading the Blue Sox 5-3. He got a strikeout, then walked the next two batters. A grounder to second base moved the runners to second and third. Another grounder to short should have gotten Sullivan out of the jam, but his first baseman missed the catch, and both runners scored (unearned runs). Sullivan then gave up a single, and was relieved at that point. A strikeout ended the inning. Bite LF Quincy Latimore broke his slump and found his bat again. In the 6th, after a lead-off double, Latimore singled, moving the runner to third base. A sacrifice fly brought that runner in from third. Latimore stole second, and advanced to third on a throwing error by the catcher, then scored on an RBI single. Two more singles added another run for the Bite, who had started their scoring with a 2-run homer in the 1st inning. Latimore also singled in the 7th inning, but was left on base.