Winter Leagues: Two Hits For Polanco, Marte Injury Update

In the Dominican from Friday night, Gregory Polanco went 2-for-4 with a walk and a stolen base. He came into the game leading the Dominican League in batting average, OPS and runs scored. The regular season has just two days left and Polanco’s team has only one game left.

Junior Sosa has a .482 OPS

Junior Sosa has a .482 OPS

Starling Marte did not play on Friday, one day after being removed from the game on Thursday night when he got hit by a pitch during his first plate appearance. Tests on his left hand were negative and he was able to take batting practice prior to Friday’s game. Marte is listed as day-to-day and could play today.

Michael Martinez went 0-for-2 with a walk. He is hitting .217 through 17 games. Martinez has played every game in center field since signing with the Pirates earlier this week.

Andy Vasquez came in as a pinch-runner in the ninth inning with the scored tied 2-2. He was left stranded on the bases and the game went into extra innings. He stayed in the game at second base and in the bottom of the 11th, he tied the game with a two-run homer, but his team stil lost 5-4 in 16 innings.Vasquez has played six games this year, though five of them have come in the last nine days. He has started one game and he’s 2-for-11 at the plate.

In Venezuela, Andrew Lambo went 0-for-4 with a strikeout in his team’s 14-1 loss. Lambo is batting .212 through 25 games, with 15 RBIs. He was in right field.

Junior Sosa continued to get on base, going 1-for-3 with two walks, a triple and two runs scored. He has an eight game hit streak and has reached base 20 times during that stretch.

Elias Diaz went 0-for-3 with a sacrifice bunt. It was his first start in nearly two weeks, though he has played four times off the bench during that time. Diaz is hitting .263 in 18 games, with a .707 OPS.

From Saturday in Australia, Danny Arribas went 0-for-3 in the first game of a doubleheader. He caught the game and threw out one of three base runners attempting to steal. Arribas did not play in game two.

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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