Monday was a very slow day in Winter ball, so this will be a brief update. Every league returns to a full schedule today and that includes the likely return of Gregory Polanco to the lineup.
The only Pittsburgh Pirates players in action on Monday were Andrew Lambo and Elvis Escobar. Lambo was making his third straight start at first base for the Cardenales de Lara club. He went 1-for-4 with a single and an RBI in his team’s 7-2 loss. Lambo now has 13 RBIs in 15 games. Despite making his fifth start at first base, this game marked the first time Lambo actually played the entire game without moving on defense to the outfield to finish the game. He had one assist and eight putouts without any problems and so far, he’s handled all his fielding chances at first base without an error.
Elvis Escobar grounded out as a pinch-hitter in the ninth inning. He is now 0-for-3 in six games played. As mentioned before, he is one of the youngest players in the league, so it’s quite an accomplishment that he is even seeing playing time.
In Colombia from Sunday night, Harold Ramirez stayed hot with a nice game in his team’s 10-3 win. He went 1-for-3 with a triple, RBI, two runs scored, a sacrifice fly and a hit-by-pitch. Ramirez is now hitting .357 through 19 games, with four doubles, three triples and a .500 slugging percentage. He leads the league in triples and ranks third with five stolen bases. His team has an 18-3 record, sitting 4.5 games ahead in first place.
In Nicaragua, Adolfo Flores made his 13th appearance of the year, coming in to get one out. He has pitched a total of 11 innings, giving up four runs on 14 hits and two walks.
In case you missed it from yesterday, we posted an update on 29 Pittsburgh Pirates players in Winter ball. That can be read here and since Monday was so slow, almost everything in the article remains the same.