In the Dominican League finals on Tuesday night, Gregory Polanco hit a long home run, accounting for his team's only run in a 5-1 loss to Licey. You can see a gif of the home run here, which was posted on Twitter by imokemp. It came one day after he put on an impressive display with his speed, beating out a routine grounder to second base for an infield hit. Polanco finished the game going 1-for-3 with a walk. He flew out to center field in the fourth inning and flew out to left field in the sixth. The home run came off Yunesky Maya, who pitched briefly for the Washington Nationals this season, as well as getting in time with the Nationals during the 2010-11 seasons. Polanco is now hitting .200 with one homer and four RBIs in eight playoff games.
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.