In Puerto Rico on Wednesday night, Gage Hinsz made his fourth start of the winter and this was his best outing. He tossed six shutout innings on three hits and a walk, while striking out three batters. Hinsz posted a 10:3 GO/AO ratio. It’s his third shutout appearance of the winter. He debuted with four innings on November 17th, then threw five scoreless on the 23rd. Hinsz allowed three earned runs over four innings in his last outing.
Jerrick Suiter flew out as a pinch-hitter in the ninth inning of his team’s 5-1 loss. He is hitting .190 through 13 games, with two doubles and four walks.
In Venezuela, Jose Osuna had a big day at the plate in his debut, but his fielding at first base was a little rusty. He went 3-for-5, with two singles, a double, two runs scored and two RBIs. Osuna committed two errors in the field, both on missed catches. If you go back to last year, he now has an 18-game hit streak in winter ball. He already held his team’s record when he reached 17 straight games last year.
Luis Escobar made his third start of the winter and he allowed two runs (one earned) on two hits and three walks. He struck out two batters and threw 42 of 75 pitches for strikes. Both runs scored in the fifth inning when he allowed the first two batters to reach base before leaving for a reliever. Escobar has a 2.19 ERA over 12.1 innings, with a 7:6 SO/BB ratio and ten hits allowed. The Pirates have him capped at 85 pitches per start.
In the Dominican on Wednesday, Pablo Reyes went 1-for-4 with a single. He started the game at third base and committed a throwing error, then moved to center field for the final three innings of the game. He has a six-game hitting streak and a 12-game on base streak.
Erik Gonzalez picked up two hits for the second straight day. He went 2-for-4 as the DH, making this his first game since joining the Pirates that he wasn’t at shortstop. Gonzalez is hitting .255/.272/.318 in 27 games.
Alfredo Reyes went 1-for-4 with a run scored and his third stolen base. He is hitting .295 through 28 games.
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