Winter Leagues: Two RBIs For Matt Hague in 6-4 Victory

In the Dominican on Saturday night, Gregory Polanco went 0-for-2 with two walks and an RBI. Polanco picked up his 20th RBI on a ground out to second base in the first inning. His two walks gives him a total of 17 base on balls in 21 games.

Danny Arribas has RBIs in two straight games
Danny Arribas has RBIs in two straight games

Matt Hague went 2-for-4 with a double, run scored and two RBIs. He is hitting .311 in 16 games with ten RBIs. Hague has had two hits in three of his last five games.

In Puerto Rico, Jerry Sands went 1-for-3 with a single, run scored and a strikeout. He raised his average to .296 through eight games.

Ivan De Jesus Jr had a 1-for-5 night, with a single and run scored. He is 12-for-37 with nine walks in 11 games.

In Venezuela, Jhonathan Ramos made his first appearance since resigning with the Pirates as a minor league free agent. He came in with two outs and a man on second base. The catcher picked off the runner and Ramos was replaced the next inning.

Luis Sanz picked up a win by facing just one batter. He came in with two men on and two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning and got a fly out to center field. His team scored five runs in the top of the eighth inning and Sanz was replaced in the bottom of the inning.

Elias Diaz went 1-for-1 with a double and a walk. He also laid down a sacrifice bunt. Diaz allowed two stolen bases in two attempts. He is hitting .167 in 18 at-bats, with five walks in eight games.

In Australia, Danny Arribas went 1-for-3 with a single, RBI and sacrifice fly. He caught for the second day in a row and drove in a run for the second straight game. Arribas is 5-for-32 in nine games, with five walks and six runs scored.

In the Veracruz League, Carlos Esqueda went 1-for-4 with a single and an RBI. He is 17-for-69 in 20 games, with 11 runs scored and four RBIs.

Just in case you missed the late afternoon update for the Colombian League in yesterday’s Winter League article. On Friday night, Oderman Rocha threw 2/3 of an inning, allowing a double and a walk, but no runs during his team’s 11-10 win in ten innings. Harold Ramirez went 0-for-4 with a strikeout and Tito Polo struck out as a pinch-hitter. Ramirez is hitting .300 in 20 at-bats, while Polo has not picked up a hit since collecting two on Opening Day.

John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball.

When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.

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