In Winter League action from today down in Australia, the Adelaide Bite split their doubleheader, winning the first game 5-2, before dropping the second game by a 7-3 score. Among Pittsburgh Pirates farmhands, Stefan Welch and Justin Howard started both games, while Dylan Child caught the second game. Adelaide also used Rinku Singh in relief in game one and Wilson Lee pitched for the second day in a row in game two. Summaries of each player's day are as follows:
Stefan Welch went 2-for-3 with a double and RBI in game one. He followed that up with an 0-for-5, two strikeout game. He started at third base both games. Welch has a .269/.345/.548 line in 26 AB's.
Justin Howard went 0-for-2 with a walk in game one. He was 1-for-2 with two walks in the second game. Howard played left field during the opener and moved to first base for the nightcap. Howard has a .152/.333/.182 line in 33 AB's.
Dylan Child went 0-for-3 with a walk and strikeout. He is hitting .150 after 20 AB's.
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