In the Dominican League finals on Friday night, Gregory Polanco had a big game in his team's 8-0 win. Polanco went 3-for-4 with a walk and a stolen base. He was moved up to second in the batting order from his usual third spot. His average is at just .220 in the playoffs(including round robin) so he hasn't been hitting well since winning the Dominican Winter League MVP and Rookie of the Year award. His Escogido team is now down 3-2 in the best-of-nine series. Game six will take place on Sunday.
In Australia on Friday, Sam Kennelly was the only Pirates player to see action. He played third base and went 0-for-2 before being pinch-hit for in his team's 5-4 victory. Kennelly has really struggled lately, going 0-for-23 in his last ten 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.