Winter Leagues Recap: Polanco Gets the Start

In Dominican League action yesterday, Gregory Polanco got the start in center field, batting seventh for Leones del Escogido. He went 1-for-4 with a double and a strikeout, while also being thrown out at second on a stolen base attempt. He has a .222/.222/.296 line in 27 AB’s, with no walks and eight strikeouts. Polanco got just his second start in the last nine days, replacing Starling Marte, who has been starting in center field for Leones.

In other action in the Dominican, Anderson Hernandez went 2-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI. He is now hitting .268 with seven doubles. Oscar Tejeda got his first start of the DWL season, going 0-for-4 while playing left field.

In Venezuela, Ramon Cabrera went 1-for-4 with a double and a walk. He had some trouble in the field, making a throwing error and allowing a passed ball, while failing to throw out the only runner attempting a stolen base against him. Darren Ford went 2-for-5 with two runs scored, two strikeouts and an RBI.

Ryan Reid came on to pitch in the eighth inning last night for Aguilas del Zulia, with his team up 6-5, two men on base and one out. He allowed both runners to score, giving up the lead for good. Reid finished the game, throwing 1.2 innings, with one hit, two walks and two strikeouts, no earned runs allowed. He has a 1.74 ERA in 10.1 innings, with 11 strikeouts.

In the Mexican League, catcher Ali Solis left the game in the first inning with a hand injury that occurred just four batters into the game. Solis, who had already allowed a stolen base, injured the hand during a bases loaded passed ball that allowed the first run of the game to score.

For the second game in a row, Jovany Lopez faced one batter in his outing. After needing only three pitches to record an out Tuesday night, Lopez threw just one pitch to get a pop out to shortstop to end the inning, stranding an inherited runner on third base.

The Australian Baseball League is off until November 22nd.

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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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