Winter league action for players from the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday night. There was no winter news from Thursday as most teams were off.

The season in Puerto Rico started on Friday night and two Pirates saw action for Gigantes de Carolina. Chris Sharpe started in left field and had an 0-for-3 night. Ike Schlabach was part of a five-man group that tossed a shutout. He recorded two outs in the eighth, but gave up a double, which was the first base hit for the opposition. In fact, the only runner that reached base through the first 7.2 innings was on an error. Schlabach picked up a strikeout in his brief outing. If you believe in superstitions, the no-hitter didn’t have a chance of happening…

In the Dominican, Pablo Reyes went 1-for-2 with a single and a hit-by-pitch. His team collected just three hits (all singles) in the game. Reyes is hitting .211/.250/.474 through ten games.

Williams Jerez made his fifth scoreless appearance, throwing a shutout inning on one hit and a strikeout. In 3.2 innings this winter, he has six strikeouts.

In Mexico, Fabricio Macias went 1-for-2 with a single, walk, hit-by-pitch and a run scored. He also stole his second base, though he’s been thrown out three times. He’s batting .226/.300/.333 through 24 games

In the Premier12 tournament, Robbie Glendinning started at third base and went 0-for-4 in his team’s 5-1 loss to Chinese Taipei. That eliminated Australia from the tournament. He went 4-for-21 with three walks and a sacrifice fly in six games.

As noted the other day, boxscores still aren’t available for Colombia, but what info I can gather on Francisco Acuna shows that he has helped his team to victory in at least four of their six games (they have started off 6-0), including last night when he scored the game winning run in the eighth inning of a 2-1 final.

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