Winter ball action has been slow for the Pittsburgh Pirates this week, partially due the earthquake in Puerto Rico shut down the league for three days, so there hasn’t been enough for a Winter Leagues article until today. Here’s a rundown of the limited action from Tuesday until Friday.
Randy Romero was the only player from the Pittsburgh Pirates to see action on Tuesday and he took his familiar role as a pinch-runner. He has played three playoff games, all as a pinch-runner and he’s scored a run each time. He has no plate appearances yet in the playoffs and he’s played just one inning in the field (right field).
On Wednesday, Socrates Brito went 2-for-5 with a run scored. He had his third stolen base, along with an outfield assist and a throwing error.
On Thursday, Brito had an 0-for-4 night.
On Friday, Brito went 1-for-4 with a single and two strikeouts. He is 13-for-58 (.224) with a double, homer and seven RBIs in 14 playoff games.
On Friday in Australia, Robbie Glendinning hit a two-run home run in the first inning of his team’s 3-2 loss. It was his sixth home run and he hit it off of Jose Taveras, who has two years in Triple-A for the Phillies (see video below). Glendinning is batting .315/.384/.545 in 29 games.
PSA: Robbie Glendinning is very good at baseball.
The @Pirates young gun gets the scoring going with this two-run blast! #ABL
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— Australian Baseball League (@ABL) January 10, 2020
In Puerto Rico on Friday, Yacksel Rios tossed two scoreless innings for the win. He gave up one hit, with no walks and two strikeouts. It was a nice bounce back for Rios, who walked four batters in his only inning one week earlier.
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