Winter Leagues: Boscan Shuts Down a Pair of Pirates, Heredia Struggles Again

In the Dominican, Willy Garcia came off the bench and went 0-for-3 with a strikeout. He did however have a big outfield assist, keeping the score 2-2 in the sixth inning by throwing out a runner at home, though his team ended up losing 3-2 in ten innings. Garcia is hitting .160 this winter, going 8-for-50 with one extra-base hit(a double) and two walks.

Mel Rojas Jr. went 2-for-3 with two walks and a run scored. He was the victim of Garcia’s outfield assist, losing an RBI on the play.

Alen Hanson went 0-for-1 before leaving for a pinch-hitter in the fifth inning. After playing defense in top of the fifth, Hanson got tossed from the game for arguing a play he felt was a double play. He is hitting .264 through 27 games, with a double, homer, three walks and three stolen bases.

Gustavo Nunez went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts and his eighth error. He is hitting .203 in 24 games.

In Venezuela, Wilfredo Boscan shutdown Bravos de Margarita, ending their ten-game winning streak and Jose Osuna’s nine-game hitting streak. Boscan threw seven shutout innings, giving up six hits(all singles), no walks and he had four strikeouts. Osuna went 0-for-4, while Elias Diaz went 0-for-3.

Elvis Escobar singled as a pinch-hitter in the ninth. He is hitting .417 now, though he’s just 5-for-12 in 17 games. He played a total of 15 games during his first two winters in Venezuela, so he is seeing more playing time, even if he isn’t getting the at-bats.

Deolis Guerra threw a shutout inning, retiring the side in order on just seven pitches.

Gorkys Hernandez went 2-for-4 with a run scored. He has raised his average to .317 by going 12-for-26 in his last six games.

In Mexico, Luis Heredia continued to go back-and-forth between good and bad outings. He breezed through 2.1 shutout innings last time out, but had control issues in the game before that. Three appearances ago, he threw three shutout innings, but right before that game, he couldn’t find the plate at all. On Sunday he was due for a poor outing and he gave up two runs(one earned) on three hits, while recording only one out. Heredia did well with his control in this game, throwing 20 of his 28 pitches for strikes. He has a 5.17 ERA in 15.2 innings, with 11 hits, 13 walks and seven strikeouts.

Carlos Munoz went 0-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout. He is 5-for-30 in his last eight games, with two walks and no extra-base hits. Despite that slump, his .857 OPS ranks him eighth in the league.

Sebastian Valle went 1-for-3 with an RBI and his first stolen base. He is hitting .258/.269/.355 in 16 games.

In Puerto Rico, Danny Ortiz went 2-for-5 with a run scored and two RBIs. He hasn’t hit well this winter, coming into the game with a .430 OPS, so this was a big game for him.

In Australia from Monday, Sam Kennelly went 2-for-5 with a double. He started at third base and moved to shortstop late in the game. Kennelly has his average up to .222 through 12 games.

  • Thanks for the info on why Hanson left for a pinch-hitter. I saw the box score and knew that a LHSP was on the mound for the other team and just concluded that he was pulled for a better RH hitter or had suffered an injury.

    • Yeah it looked like something bad could have happened, especially since the boxscore had nothing about him leaving early, so I put a call in to find out what happened

      • From your description “after playing defense”, it sounds like he was tossed between innings and was arguing while walking off after the third out. Is that the case, or was he arguing right when the double play call went against him and was tossed mid-play (with the third out not having occurred since a failed double play implies it wasn’t).

        Reason I ask is based on his previous emotional maturity issues. Arguing a bang-bang play and getting tossed when it happens is the kind of thing that could happen to anyone. But yelling at an umpire while walking off the field and getting tossed is another matter entirely…

        • I was told he was thrown out for arguing a double play. The boxscore doesn’t have any mention of it, so I can’t be sure when it happened, I was more concerned it was an injury and when I found out it wasn’t, I didn’t look further into it. From what I know, Hanson hasn’t had any maturity issues since mid-season 2014 and even embraced a position change this year when he started taking grounders at third base.