Due to a light schedule each day, the Pirates highlights from Monday and Tuesday in winter ball are both recapped below. On Friday, the Dominican Winter League begins play, so the winter league articles should be daily once that league starts up.
Starting off first with Monday’s action in Mexico, Stetson Allie had two singles in four at-bats during his team’s 3-0 win. More on him below. Two other Pirates players came out of the bullpen for Mazatlan.
Felipe Gonzalez came in during the seventh inning with two outs and two men on and he got the final out on a strikeout. He started the seventh inning and allowed a hit and walk before being pulled. Neither run scored.
Collin Balester made his second appearance and pitched a scoreless ninth for his first save. He allowed a single and retired the other three hitters on a line drive to right field, pop up to shortstop and ground ball to third base.
On Tuesday in Venezuela, A.J. Morris came out of the bullpen in the fifth inning with a runner on base and he allowed a single and walk before being pulled. One of his runners ended up scoring.
Jose Osuna didn’t start on Tuesday. He came in to play defense in the eighth inning and did not get a chance to hit.
Ramon Cabrera went 0-for-4 as the DH. He is 4-for-18 on the season with four singles.
Reliever Matt Nevarez pitched 1.1 scoreless innings and picked up the win for the Bravos de Margarita. He allowed one hit and struck out one.
On Tuesday night in Mexico, Stetson Allie extended his hit streak to four games with a sixth inning RBI single. He went 1-for-4 and struck out twice, giving him six strikeouts in 17 plate appearances.
Collin Balester came on in the ninth with a 2-0 lead, looking for his second save. He retired the side in order, needing 11 pitches to finish the game off.
Dean Anna had the big night in the system, going 3-for-4, with a walk, two runs scored and an RBI in his team’s 6-2 win. He is 5-for-11 with three walks in three games.