In the Dominican from Friday night, Starling Marte and Gregory Polanco got their playoff schedule started. Their Escogido team lost 2-0 in the opener. Marte went 1-for-4 with a single, while Polanco had his toughest game of the Winter, going 0-for-4 with three strikeouts. The two Pirates players were in the same outfield for the first time, with Polanco in center field and Marte in left field. Marte was the designated hitter in his three regular season games.
Marte played his first Winter game in the field Friday night (Photo Credit: David Hague)
In Puerto Rico, Benji Gonzalez went 2-for-3 with a walk and hit-by-pitch. He has now reached base seven times in his last two games. Gonzalez is hitting .327 through 18 games.
From Colombia on Thursday night, Harold Ramirez went 1-for-4 with a single. He is hitting .311 through 28 games, with four doubles, three triples and seven stolen bases.
Yhonathan Barrios pitched for the first time in over three weeks and had a good outing, ...
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