In Dominican League playoff action from last night, Starling Marte went deep for the third time in four games, helping his team to a 6-3 win. Marte returned to Winter League action Friday night and homered in the eighth inning to help his team to a 5-3 victory. On Sunday night, he drove in four runs, including two on a first inning homer. Last night his homer came in the ninth inning as he exacted a bit of revenge. After singling in his first time up, then getting thrown out on a bunt attempt in the third, Marte was hit by a pitch in both the sixth and seventh innings. The solo homer gave his team a comfortable five run lead as they held on to win 6-3.
In other action from the Dominican from last night, Felix Pie went 1-for-4, with a run scored and an RBI. He also stole his third base of the playoffs. It was just the fourth playoff hit for Pie, who saw his average rise to .148 while watching his team drop to 2-8 in the playoffs. Alex Valdez was once again on the bench.
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.