In Dominican League playoff action from last night, Kris Johnson regained his form, rebounding from a poor start earlier in the week, to allow just one run over seven innings in his team's 3-2 win. Johnson gave up five hits, one walk and he struck out six, with the only run he allowed coming in the seventh inning on a walk and a triple. In seven of his eight Winter League starts, he has given up a combined three earned runs over 34 innings of work. He took the loss in his last start, one where he gave up two earned runs on nine hits over 6.1 innings, the only start in which he allowed more than one earned run.
One day after drawing two walks and hitting a homer in his first game back in the DWL, Starling Marte had a little trouble in game two. He went 0-for-4, with three strikeouts. Marte did contribute to the win with a stolen base, an outfield assist and he scored the go-ahead run in the eighth inning.
In the same game on the other side of the field, Felix Pie and Alex Valdez a...
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.