The playoffs began in Venezuela on Tuesday night and two Pittsburgh Pirates saw action. Engelb Vielma had a decent day at the plate, going 2-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI in his team's 11-8 loss. He hit .240/.311/.302 in 34 games during the regular season in Venezuela this winter.
Elvis Escobar went 0-for-4 with two walks, two runs scored and a stolen base in his team's 4-3 win in 13 innings. Escobar hit .272/.328/.342 in 61 games during the regular season this winter. For comparison sake, the 23-year-old outfielder hit .265/.280/.388 in 48 games last winter. So he did a much better job of getting on base and he saw more playing time, but didn't show any signs of power like he did last winter.
In Mexico, Jerrick Suiter went 0-for-2 with two walks, before leaving for a pinch-r...
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