In Venezuelan League playoffs last night, Darren Ford went 0-for-4, as his team dropped their opening playoff game 8-1. Ford was the only Pirates player in Venezuela to play yesterday.
In the Dominican, Felix Pie and Alex Valdez saw their playoff struggles continue as their team dropped to 0-5 in the round robin tournament. Valdez went 0-for-3, dropping his average to .105 in 19 AB's, while Pie is now 3-for-19(.158) with just one run scored.
In Australian Baseball League action from today, Zac Fuesser picked up his third win, going five innings in Adelaide's 7-3 win over Sydney. Fuesser allowed three runs on six hits and three walks, with four strikeouts. All of the damage came in the third inning, as Sydney hit two homers in the frame. Fuesser threw 82 pitches, 53 for strikes. He now has a 3-3, 3.88 record in nine starts, with 43 strikeouts in 46.1 innings.
Today marked the return of Quincy Latimore to the ABL. He played for Adelaide during the 2010-11 season, when he hit .313 in 3...
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.