In the Dominican on Saturday night, Stephen Alemais made his winter debut. He was drafted last year by Estrellas Orientales, but had not played a winter game until last night. Alemais batted ninth and played second base, going 0-for-2 before leaving for a pinch-hitter in the ninth. Alfredo Reyes actually pinch-ran after a walk to the pinch-hitter, then he finished the game at second base. Alemais committed a throwing error.
Pablo Reyes played left field and went 1-for-3 with a single. He also had a sacrifice bunt and was thrown out stealing for the fourth time in ten attempts. Reyes, who may have played his last game tonight, is now hitting .255/.342/.326 through 41 games. The latest he is staying there is until Monday.
Erik Gonzalez went 0-for-3 on Saturday night. Through 33 games, he now has a .227/.243/.288 slash line.
Oddy Nunez pitched two innings on Saturday night, allowing two runs on two hits, including a home run. In 7.1 innings over seven appearances, Nunez has given up five runs on six hits and two walks.
Ronny Agustin retired the only batter he faced in his second winter outing. He retired the side in order in his debut inning earlier this week, picking up two strikeouts.
In Venezuela, Jose Osuna was the hero on Saturday night, belting a three-run walk-off homer with two outs in the ninth to give his team the 6-5 win. It was the first home run this winter for Osuna, who drove in four runs total in the game. He’s hitting .387/.424/.581 through eight games. Here’s the video:
Este fue el batazo que nos dio el triunfo!!! Cuandrangular de José Osuna en el cierre del noveno con dos en circulación, para ganar 6-5.#TalentoBravosDeMargarita#BravosEsMargarita#LVBP pic.twitter.com/njU0oCFaWS
— Bravos de Margarita (@labarrabrava) December 16, 2018
In Australia, Robbie Glendinning played in a doubleheader on Saturday. His team scored 13 runs in each game. He went 3-for-4 with a walk and run scored in the opener, then came back with an 0-for-3 night cap, scoring a run, while walking twice and striking out twice. Glendinning is hitting .345/.441/.655 through eight games. He has made one error in 20 total chances at third base.
In Colombia, Edgar Barrios was at shortstop and he went 0-for-1 with three walks and a run scored. He’s hitting .234/.367/.234 in 26 games.
Carlos Arroyo was the DH on Saturday night and he went 0-for-4. He’s hitting .159/.229/.227 in 16 games.
Andres Arrieta gave up three runs on two hits and a walk, while recording just two outs. In eight appearances, the 20-year-old right-hander has given up 11 runs over 7.2 innings.
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