On Friday night in the Dominican, Starling Marte accounted for all four of his team's runs in a 4-3 win. Marte had a sacrifice fly in the fourth inning that made the score 2-1 in favor of Tigres del Licey. In the sixth inning, Marte hit a three-run homer to give his team a lead that they wouldn't surrender. Escogido is now 4-2 in the playoffs and they have won two straight without Gregory Polanco.
Marte hit his first homer of Winter ball (Photo Credit: David Hague)
From the first night of playoffs in Puerto Rico, Mel Rojas Jr. went 0-for-4 in his team's 6-2 loss. On the other side of the field, Benji Gonzalez went 1-for-2 with a walk and RBI.
From Thursday night in Colombia, Harold Ramirez went 0-for-3 with a walk and run scored. He is hitting .305 through 33 games, with four doubles, three triples and one homer. Ramirez is second in the league with eight stolen bases.
Tito Polo struck out as a pinch-hitter. He is 12-for-48(.250) on the year in 21 games played.
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.