Monday night in Winter ball for the Pittsburgh Pirates organization was a slow one, though two items of interest popped up. The first was concerning Gregory Polanco, who was scratched from the lineup with a stomach virus. It was a late decision to remove him from the lineup, happening less than an hour before game time. This is the second time he has missed action with an illness. Early in the year he missed three games with the flu.
In Venezuela, the other news of note was Andrew Lambo starting at first base for the second time. The game started on time, but during the second inning, the power went out and eventually the game was postponed. This game was a makeup of an earlier postponed game. Lambo also started at first base on November 21st.
Felix Pie has played well in the Dominican. He is still a free agent, after being let go by the Pirates a month ago. Pie went 0-for-2 with an RBI, walk and stolen base on Monday. He was thrown out of the game in the sixth inning after being called out on strikes. He is hitting .350 through 12 games.
Carlos Paulino went 1-for-3 with a single and a strikeout. He threw out the only runner that attempted a stolen base. Paulino is hitting .238 through 15 games, with a double and two RBIs.
Oscar Tejeda went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts. He is hitting .246 through 61 at-bats.
There were only five games on the Winter schedule last night and that includes the one from Venezuela that was postponed.
From Sunday night in Colombia, Harold Ramirez went 0-for-4 with a strikeout. Tito Polo came into the game late as a defensive replacement in center field and did not bat. Their team finished the game tied at 7-7 through nine innings when it was called due to darkness
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