Winter Leagues: Polanco Goes Yard In Defeat

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.

Polanco’s team trails 0-2 in the best-of-nine series. Game three is tonight at 6:35 PM EST and can be watched online at Escogido.com

In Panama from Monday, Edgardo Munoz went 2-for-3 with an RBI in his team’s 7-6 loss. He is the only Pirates player seeing action in Panama now. Ulises Montilla has missed three straight games and he batted just once in the three prior games. He is the best Pirates prospect in Panama, ranking 45th overall in the 2014 Pirates Prospect Guide. The only other Pirates player on a roster, pitcher Dario Agrazal Jr., has yet to make his first appearance and the season is beginning to wind down. The Panama League plays the shortest schedule of any of the eight major Winter Leagues in the Caribbean/Latin American Leagues.

In Colombia, game three of the best-of-seven finals went to the Tigres with an 8-5 win. They scored six runs in the first inning and never looked backed. Harold Ramirez and the Tigres took a 2-1 lead in the series. We will have stats for Pirates players from this game tomorrow.

John Dreker

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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