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Winter Leagues: Edwin Espinal Drives in Six Runs; Starling Marte Leaves Game Early

Edwin Espinal had a big night on Saturday. Photo Credit: David Hague
Winter Leagues: Edwin Espinal Drives in Six Runs; Starling Marte Leaves Game Early
John Dreker

The game between Escogido and Cibaenas in the Dominican on Saturday night was not kind to the Pittsburgh Pirates. On one side, you had Starling Marte going 0-for-3 with a strikeout, before getting hit by a pitch and leaving the game early. On the other side, you have Edwin Espinal, who just reached minor league free agency this week, driving in six runs with a two-run single in the first inning and a grand slam in the eighth inning (see video at the end of this article). He accounted for all of the offense in a 6-3 victory.

There was no update as of late last night for Marte. From eyewitness accounts on Twitter, it sounded like he got hit in the helmet and it looked bad to some, but he also ran the bases briefly, getting forced out at second base one batter later. He did not come back o...

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Winter Leagues
John Dreker

John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.

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