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Highlights From Thursday’s Action in the Fall Instructional League

Highlights From Thursday’s Action in the Fall Instructional League
John Dreker

The Fall Instructional League started this week and the Pittsburgh Pirates played their first home game on Thursday afternoon against the Yankees. We posted the schedule for the league and the roster for team one for the Pirates. A second team will begin play on Saturday and an updated roster should be out soon. No scores are kept in these Instructional League games, but I was told the Pirates bats were doing a lot of damage. Adrian Sampson pitched two innings in relief of Shane Carle, who started the game and only pitched the first inning.

The starting lineup included Austin Meadows, JaCoby Jones, Willy Garcia and Jose Osuna. They played five innings, while an entire new group came on to finish the game. Included in that group was Raul Siri, who had a terrific season in the DSL this year and this was his first action in the States. Wyatt Mathisen, Reese McGuire, Tito Polo and Michael de la Cruz were also part of the second group. We have some video from today courtesy of the FIL Pirates fan page. We will have more videos from this game in the highlights section of the Morning Reports over the next few days

The first video is Austin Meadows driving in an early run with an RBI double.

Here is Adrian Sampson warming up before he entered the game.

Willy Garcia reaching on a ground ball(probably an error) to third base. Jose Osuna followed him with a two-run single.

Dan Gamache laces a double into right field.

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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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