In the Dominican on Wednesday night, Matt Hague drove in three runs in his team’s 8-2 win. Hague finished the game 2-for-5 with a run scored. He is hitting .304 with seven RBI’s in 46 AB’s.
In Australia, Sam Kennelly made his season debut for the Perth Heat and had a strong game. He went 1-for-2 with two walks and handled all his plays at second base cleanly. Kennelly was signed as a shortstop and has played there in the ABL, but his team had a minor league veteran at SS last night named Joey Wong. He is eight years older than Kennelly, with five years of minor league experience, spending this past season at AA. Last year in the ABL, Kennelly saw time at second base, third base and shortstop for the Perth Heat.
In Venezuela, Jhonathan Ramos faced just one batter in the seventh inning and allowed a single that scored two inherited runners. He was replaced and his runner was left stranded.
In Mexico, Ali Solis went 1-for-4 with an RBI. He is hitting .333 with eight RBI’s in 17 games. Due to a back injury, he played only 29 games this regular season.
In the Veracruz League, Carlos Esqueda went 1-for-4 on Thursday. He is hitting just .158 in 12 games, though he has drawn 12 walks.
The weather has been so bad in Puerto Rico, that games have been postponed on five of the season’s six days so far. The league only has five teams, so one team is always off each day to begin with.
The Colombian League starts play tomorrow. Harold Ramirez and Tito Polo are the only Pirates players announced so far, but more could be added.
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