Winter Leagues Recap: Fuesser Allows Just One Hit

In Winter League action today in Australia, five Pirates farmhands helped the Adelaide Bite to their second win of the season, a 7-6 victory over Brisbane. Stefan Welch, Justin Howard and Dylan Child were all in the starting lineup, while Zac Fuesser started the game on the mound and he was followed up by Wilson Lee. Fuesser picked up his second win of the ABL season. Their lines from the game are as follows:

Stefan Welch batted third at 3B and went 3-for-5 with a double, home run and two RBI’s. The homer was his first of the ABL season.

Justin Howard went 1-for-3 with an RBI and two walks. Howard has been playing left field.

Dylan Child was behind the plate batting eighth. He went 1-for-3 with a sacrifice.

Zac Fuesser was tough to hit, but wild at times. He threw 97 pitches, 53 for strikes. Fuesser took a no-hitter into the sixth inning, before allowing a one out single. After walking the next batter, he was pulled from the game. His final line was three runs on one hit, six walks and two strikeouts. At one point he retired ten in a row. In his previous outing, Fuesser threw six scoreless innings, allowing one walk and four hits.

Wilson Lee came on in relief of Fuesser and walked in one inherited runner, then allowed a second to score on a wild pitch. Lee ended up pitching 1.2 innings, giving up two walks, while striking out one and he didn’t allow a hit. He also had trouble finding the strike zone, throwing 14 of his 29 pitches for balls. It was Lee’s first appearance of the ABL season.

In other action from last night down in the Dominican, Anderson Hernandez went 1-for-3 with a double. He has a .240/.310/.340 line in 100 AB’s.

Elevys Gonzalez was used as a pinch-runner yesterday. Playing in Venezuela, he has appeared in just five games, all off the bench.

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John Dreker

John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.

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