Winter Leagues Recap: Pie Goes Yard
In Winter League action today in Australia, Adelaide lost 4-2 to Canberra. Three Pittsburgh Pirates players were in the starting lineup, Stefan Welch, Justin Howard and Dylan Child. Welch went 0-for-3, with a run scored and two strikeouts. His average dropped down to .205 after a 1-for-13 weekend. Howard went 2-for-4, with a double and run scored. Child had a rough time behind the plate, allowing four steals on four attempts and committing a passed ball. He went 1-for-4 at the plate. Child caught three of the team’s four games this weekend. The Australian Baseball League is off until Friday, when Adelaide will start a four games series against Melbourne.
Also in the ABL, Sam Kennelly went 0-for-4, with a walk and a strikeout. The sixteen-year-old third baseman also committed his first error of the season. He is 3-for-19 this season, with three singles and an RBI.
In Dominican League action, Starling Marte went 1-for-4, with a single. He now has a .315/.396/.472 line after 23 games.
Felix Pie went 1-for-3, with his third home run of the DWL season. The homer led off the game. Pie also added a sacrifice bunt.
Anderson Hernandez went 0-for-4, breaking his eight game hitting streak.
In Puerto Rico, Benji Gonzalez got his first start in a week. He went 1-for-4, driving in two runs with a ninth inning single. At the time, his team was down 3-0, but they were unable to complete the comeback.
In Mexico, Ali Solis went 0-for-4, with a strikeout. He has caught five games in a row after missing two weeks with a hand injury.
Jovany Lopez did something yesterday that he didn’t do the entire month of November, he faced more than one batter in a game. Lopez had nine November appearances, facing a total of nine batters. Last night, he retired all three batters he faced. He threw 11 pitches, seven for strikes, getting two groundouts before retiring the side with a pop out to shortstop from former Pirates infielder Luis Cruz.
In Venezuela, Ryan Reid pitched a scoreless inning of relief. He was a bit wild, throwing just six strikes out of 13 pitches. Reid allowed just a single, while striking out one batter. He has six straight scoreless appearances, totaling 7.2 innings.