Winter Leagues: Three Run Homer For Sands, Polanco Drives In Two

In the Dominican, Gregory Polanco had just one hit in five at-bats, but the hit was a big one at the time. With the bases loaded and his team down 7-2 in the ninth inning, Polanco singled home two runs. The comeback fell short, as Escogido lost 7-5 to the Aguilas. Polanco reached base earlier in the game on an error and came around to score his 16th run. In 20 games, he is hitting .333 with 19 RBIs. Only former Pirates infielder Yamaico Navarro has more RBIs in the Dominican this year.

The Pirates resigned Ramos, who has pitched ten times in Venezuela this year

The Pirates resigned Ramos, who has pitched ten times in Venezuela this year

Matt Hague went 1-for-3 with a single, walk and RBI. He is hitting .298 in 57 at-bats with eight RBIs.

Oscar Tejeda went 0-for-2 with a walk and strikeout before being pinch-run for in the seventh inning.

In Puerto Rico, Jerry Sands hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning to give his team a 5-2 victory. It was the second homer for Sands, who is now hitting.292 with five RBIs. Sands finished the game 1-for-4.

In Australia, Danny Arribas went 1-for-4 with a run scored and his first RBI. Arribas was back behind the plate and had some trouble with the running game from his opponents. The Brisbane Bandits were 5-for-6 in stolen base attempts.

In Mexico, Ali Solis hit his fourth homer of the Winter league season. It was a solo shot, giving him ten RBIs on the season. Solis finished the day 1-for-4 and he’s hitting .333 through 75 ABs.

In Colombia, Oderman Rocha threw 2/3 of an inning, allowing a double and a walk, but no runs during his team’s 11-10 win in ten innings.

Harold Ramirez went 0-for-4 with a strikeout and Tito Polo struck out as a pinch-hitter. Ramirez is hitting .300 in 20 at-bats, while Polo has not picked up a hit since collecting two on Opening Day.

The Pirates resigned two minor league free agents that are on Winter league rosters in Venezuela. Jhonathan Ramos is playing for the Bravos de Margarita, where he has pitched ten times, allowing four runs on six hits and no walks in six innings. Francisco Diaz is also on the Bravos roster, though he hasn’t appeared in a game yet.

Author: 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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