In the Dominican from Sunday, Gregory Polanco and Starling Marte played their third playoff game for Escogido. Polanco left Saturday’s game early after being hit on the knee with a 99 MPH fastball. He returned on Sunday, but he was in the lineup as the designated hitter, while Marte moved from left field to center field. Polanco went 2-for-4 with a run scored and Marte went 1-for-4 with a run scored. Their Escogido team lost 7-5 to drop them to 1-2 in the 18 game round robin tournament.The game included seven ejections and the benches cleared in both the second and the ninth inning.
In Venezuela, Elvis Escobar went 0-for-5 with two strikeouts in his second start of the season. He had two hits on Saturday, including a home run to lead-off the game. Escobar batted lead-off and played center field.
Elias Diaz and Junior Sosa both started game one of a doubleheader for the Bravos de Margarita. Diaz went 1-for-3 with a double and two RBIs. He is now hitting .256 with four RBIs through 20 games. Sosa went 1-for-4 with a run scored. He also played game two and went 1-for-4 with a double and run scored. He is hitting .338 through 20 games.
Francisco Diaz caught the last inning for the Bravos and he did not get a chance to bat. He made his Winter debut on Saturday, going 0-for-2 with a walk.
In Puerto Rico, Benji Gonzalez went 1-for-4 with a single, run scored and stolen base. Through 19 games, he is hitting .322 and has not made an error.
Mel Rojas Jr. played his third game since switching over from the Dominican League. He went 0-for-3 with a walk and a sacrifice bunt.
In Colombia from Saturday, Harold Ramirez went 0-for-3 with a walk. He has struggled since the All-Star break two weeks ago, going 4-for-27 in his last eight games.
In Australia from Monday, Danny Arribas came on to catch in the tenth inning. He came to the plate in the bottom of the tenth with men on first and third, two outs and his team was down by one. Arribas was unable to keep the game going, striking out to end the game.
Sam Kennelly came off the bench in the eighth inning and took over defensively at first base. He put down a sacrifice bunt in his only plate appearance.Pirates Prospects is FREE today in honor of the Wild Card game. You get special access to all of our content, which is typically reserved only for subscribers. We cover the Pirates 365 days a year, with live coverage all throughout the playoffs, and off-season coverage of the minor league players in the Arizona Fall League and Winter Leagues. During the season we average well over 6 articles per day on the Pirates. This is the best stop if you're a hardcore Pirates fan, and the subscription prices are very low.
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