Some recaps from the Thursday night west coast games before getting into Friday’s action, which included Stetson Allie returning to the lineup and Stolmy Pimentel going two more innings than his first start.
From very late Thursday night in the Mexican League, Carlos Munoz made his winter debut and struck out as a pinch-hitter. He spent the season in the GCL, so this winter league is a huge step up for him. His team had two players out with stomach ailments, including Stetson Allie, so Munoz got his first chance to play.
In that same game that Munoz made his debut, two Pittsburgh Pirates pitchers got work out of the bullpen for Mazatlan. Eduardo Vera threw a scoreless inning despite giving up three walks and a hit. Felipe Gonzalez also threw a scoreless frame, allowing one hit, while picking up two strikeouts.
From Friday night in Mexico, Stetson Allie returned to the lineup after missing a couple games. He was the DH and batted twice before leaving the game for a pinch-hitter in the seventh inning.
Felipe Gonzalez pitched for a second day in a row and gave up one run on two hits in one inning of work. He recorded one strikeout.
In the Dominican, Stolmy Pimentel got his second start and went four innings, giving up two runs on four hits and two walks, with one strikeout. In his debut, he allowed two runs over two innings of work. Between his time with the Pirates and his rehab assignment in the minors, Pimentel pitched just 43 innings this season, so he is making up for lost time in winter ball. In 2013, he threw a total of 178.2 innings.
Willy Garcia saw his first action in five days and doubled as a pinch-hitter. He stayed in the game in left field and grounded out to shortstop for the last out of the game.
Rafael Perez pitched 1.1 innings, allowing two runs on two hits(one homer), one walk and he had one strikeout. He has given up four runs over 4.1 innings in five relief appearances this winter.
Mel Rojas Jr. went 1-for-4 with a double, walk and two runs scored. He is hitting .256 through 43 at-bats, with two extra-base hits, both doubles.
In Venezuela, Junior Sosa went 1-for-4 with a run scored. He reached base four times on Thursday despite not starting the game.
Jose Osuna came on as a defensive replacement at first base and did not get a chance to bat. After a slow start at the plate, this is the first game he has played in eight days.
Ramon Cabrera had a pinch-hit RBI single in his only at-bat. He is now hitting .174 and all eight hits have been singles.