Our last Winter Leagues article was on Sunday, which covered the week in Australia and some weekend action from the other Pittsburgh Pirates who were still active in winter ball. There hasn’t been much to talk about over the last two days because only four players are still active, but Socrates Brito had a big game on Monday night and we have video, so here are the highlights.
Brito went 3-for-5 with a double, walk, two runs scored and four RBIs, as his team opened up the Dominican league finals with a victory. Here’s the first run of the game, courtesy of a Brito single up the middle.
Sócrates Brito impulsó la primera carrera de la #SerieFinalLIDOM ‼️
— LIDOM (@LIDOMRD) January 21, 2020
In the sixth inning, Brito went the other way for a two-run double to give his team a 4-0 lead. Both hits are against left-handed pitchers, who have held Brito to a .285 OPS during his brief MLB career (99 big league games). He has zero extra-base hits off southpaws in the majors. His other hit in this game came off of long-time MLB’er Alexi Ogando.
[VIDEO] Líiiinea de @socratesbrito por el prado izquierdo con un DOBLE remolcador de dos vueltas más sin out en la 6ª entrada. (🎥 @JuanNovaJr) #PorLa23 #LiceyCampeon #ElGlorioso pic.twitter.com/tnbc9dwRh1
— Tigres del Licey (@TigresdelLicey) January 21, 2020
On Sunday night in Mexico, Randy Romero scored the game-winning run to help his team stay in alive in the best-of-seven series. Romero was pinch-running in the tenth inning for former Pirates prospect Carlos Munoz.
On Monday, he pinch-ran for Munoz again, this time in the ninth inning of a scoreless game. While he didn’t score a run this time, his team won the playoff series on a tenth inning run and they will now play in the league finals. Romero had played six playoff games without an at-bat, but he has scored four runs. His last at-bat came back on December 30th.