Winter Leagues: Arribas Goes Deep in Australia

From Australia on Friday, Danny Arribas hit his first home run of the ABL season, but it wasn’t enough, as his team lost 5-2 to Adelaide. Arribas was the designated hitter and he went 1-for-3 with a solo homer. He is hitting .157 through 31 games and he came into the day with just three extra base hits, all doubles. Arribas has just one home run in three seasons of pro ball, a solo home run on June 21,2012 while he was in the Dominican Summer League.

Danny Arribas hit a ninth inning homer on Friday in Australia
Danny Arribas hit a ninth inning homer on Friday in Australia

In Puerto Rico, Mel Rojas Jr. made his third start of the playoffs in his team’s 7-2 loss. Rojas went 0-for-4 and he is now 1-for-13 in the playoffs, while his team has a 2-9 record in the 12 game round robin series. His only two starts came during the first two games of the playoffs and his only hit came as a pinch-hitter on Wednesday night.

Benji Gonzalez went 0-for-3 in his team’s 5-0 loss. His Ponce team was eliminated from the playoffs with the loss. The round robin tournament wraps up tonight and that will mark the end of the season for all Pittsburgh Pirates players in Puerto Rico.

In Panama from Wednesday, Ulises Montilla went 0-for-3 in his team’s 5-4 win. He had a big first game, hitting a double and home run, but he hasn’t done well since, collecting just three hits in six games.

Edgardo Munoz went 0-for-4 with a walk in the same game. Both Pirates players were at second base in the game. Munoz has been playing shortstop early in the season. He made an error on Wednesday.

In Colombia, the first round of the playoffs is over and the Leones team won the series 3-2. That means that all four Pittsburgh Pirates players in the league made it to the finals. Neither Oderman Rocha nor Yhonathan Barrios pitched in the opening series for Leones. They will go on now to play the Tigres team with Harold Ramirez and Tito Polo. That series is a best-of-seven and it starts on Saturday. The winner of the finals will go on to the Latin American Series and face the best teams from Panama, Nicaragua and the Veracruz League.

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It might not have been quite as dramatic as The Natural but with lightning flashes all around the park, the 350 footer that sailed over left field was an emphatic way to end an 0 for January drought. He followed the advice he gave my daughter, look at the ball all the way to the bat and swing really hard.

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