Winter League Recap: Gregory Polanco Homers Again

On Opening Night on Friday, Gregory Polanco homered, reached base two other times and he had two outfield assists. On Saturday night, he showed that power stroke again, hitting his second homer in two games. Polanco also showed that strong throwing arm for a second straight game, adding his third outfield assist. He finished the game 1-for-4 with an RBI. The home run from Friday night can be viewed here.

Gregory Polanco hit his second homer of the Winter League season

Gregory Polanco hit his second homer of the Winter League season

Joely Rodriguez was added to the Gigantes del Cibao roster and pitched an inning on Saturday. He allowed one run on one hit and took the loss. Rodriguez pitched a perfect eighth, then allowed a lead-off hit in the ninth. Two relievers followed him and issued a total of three walks for the walk-off loss. Oscar Tejeda also plays for the Gigantes and he went 0-for-4 in his second start in left field.

Matt Hague went 1-for-4 with a single last night. He had a home run, single and a walk in the season opener.

In Venezuela, Jose Osuna started for the second night in a row. On Friday, he reached base three times with a double and two walks. On Saturday, he hit his second double, going 1-for-2 with a run scored before being pinch hit for in the seventh inning.

Luis Sanz threw a scoreless inning Saturday night in his second appearance. He gave up a walk, but no hits. In his debut, he allowed a solo homer in one inning of work.

In Mexico, Ali Solis is getting regular time behind the plate to make up for missed time during the season. He hit his first homer on Friday, then on Saturday he had his first multi-hit game, going 2-for-4 with an RBI.

In Guatemala, Dennis Hurtarte went 2-for-5 with the walk-off hit in a 12-11 contest against Team Nicaragua. Hurtarte had an RBI single earlier in the game, then ended it with an RBI double.

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  • swampirate

    I had never watched video of him before. I knew he was tall but he looks very tall in that video. That stroke looked almost effortless… dreaming of summer nights watching him play in Pittsburgh very soon!

    • michaelbro8

      I know the analogies to Dave Parker are a bit of a (hopeful) reach, but damn; he does look a lot like a junior version of the cobra.