In the Dominican from Saturday night, Gregory Polanco broke out of a recent mini-slump, going 3-for-4 with a run scored. In his four previous games, he went 1-for-16, temporarily dropping his average below the .300 mark. Polanco is now hitting .311 in 32 games, with 24 RBIs and 21 runs scored. He also picked up an outfield assist.
Gregory Polanco had three hits on Saturday
Oscar Tejeda hit his second homer of the season for the Gigantes del Cibao. He didn't start the game, coming in as a pinch-hitter in the fourth inning. Tejeda homered in that at-bat, then the next batter followed him with a homer. He stayed in the game at third base and finished 1-for-3 with an RBI.
Atahualpa Severino pitched the sixth inning against Tejeda's team and retired the side in order. Over his last 11 appearances, he has pitched nine shutout innings, allowing just two hits. Both Severino and Tejeda are still free agents.
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