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Andrew Lambo doubled off Jhonathan Ramos on Wednesday

Winter Leagues: Gregory Polanco Triples in Win

In the Dominican from Wednesday night, Gregory Polanco went 1-for-4 with a triple, walk and run scored in his team’s 5-1 win. The triple was the first of the Winter season for Polanco. On the opposing side, Felix Pie went 1-for-3 with an RBI and walk. In nine games, he is hitting .400 with four RBIs. Pie is still on the free agent market after being let go by the Pirates on November 1st.

In Venezuela, Andrew Lambo went 1-for-4 with a double in the first game of a scheduled doubleheader. In game two, he went 0-for-2 with a walk. After eight games, he is hitting .115 in 26 at-bats. Wednesday was a small victory for the struggling Lambo, who had struck out 11 times in his first six games, picking up at least one each game. He didn’t strikeout in either game Wednesday.

Andrew Lambo doubled off Jhonathan Ramos on Wednesday

Andrew Lambo doubled off Jhonathan Ramos on Wednesday

Jhonathan Ramos had an interesting outing going up against Lambo’s team. He came in during the fourth inning of game one with the bases loaded and two outs. He picked up a strikeout to retire the side, keeping the game within reach for his team. In the next inning, he picked up two ground ball outs before allowing a double to a left-handed batter, that being Andrew Lambo. Ramos was pulled from the game and Lambo was left stranded on second after the next batter flew out to center field. In his last three outings, Ramos has got eight ground ball outs and a strikeout in three innings of work, while allowing just the hit to Lambo.

In Puerto Rico, Jerry Sands went 0-for-1 with two walks, one run scored and two RBIs. He picked up the first RBI on a second inning walk and the second came off a sacrifice fly in the sixth inning.

The opposing starting pitcher for Sands was Dan Cervette, who spent half of the 2013 season in the Pirates system. He did not do well Wednesday, allowing seven runs on six hits and four walks in 1.2 innings. Cervette is currently a free agent.

From Tuesday night in Colombia, Tito Polo was the only Pirates player to get into game action and he came in as a pinch-hitter. Polo was hit by a pitch in his only plate appearance.

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John Dreker

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.

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