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Winter Leagues: Marte and Escogido Win Third Straight

Winter Leagues: Marte and Escogido Win Third Straight

From the Dominican League playoffs on Saturday, Starling Marte went 1-for-3 with a walk in his team’s 8-3 win. In Friday’s game, Marte drove in all four runs in a 4-3 win. Escogido has won three straight games without Gregory Polanco.  Their playoff record stands at 5-2 now in the 18 game round robin tournament. All three of the other teams are 3-4 so far.

Harold Ramirez is hitting .311 in Winter ball (Photo Credit: David Hague)

Harold Ramirez is hitting .311 in Winter ball (Photo Credit: David Hague)

Elvin Ramirez made his first appearance since joining the Pittsburgh Pirates organization as a free agent last month. He faced three batters, retiring two and walking the other. Ramirez made nine regular season appearances in the Dominican, throwing eight shutout innings, while giving up just two hits.

In Puerto Rico, Mel Rojas Jr. went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts. He was pinch-hit for in the ninth inning. He has not hit well since arriving in Puerto Rico last week, going 2-for-13 in four regular season games and 0-for-4 in his first playoff game on Friday night.

Benji Gonzalez went 0-for-3 with a walk. He made two fielding errors after not making an error in 20 regular season games and one playoff game. His team lost 4-3, though neither error he made proved to be costly.

From Colombia on Friday night, Tito Polo went 0-for-2 with a walk in his team’s 1-0 win. He started in left field and was replaced late by Harold Ramirez, who singled in his only at-bat. Ramirez is hitting .311 in 34 games. Their Tigres team is 29-8 and they have clinched first place, which means they will get a first round bye in the Colombian League playoffs.

In Australia from Sunday, Danny Arribas went 0-for-3 with a sacrifice fly RBI. He played three times this week, once at designated hitter, once behind the plate and he played first base on Sunday. Arribas has struggled at the plate all season, hitting .163 through 27 games, with three doubles, six RBIs and ten walks.

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