Here’s a look at Tuesday’s action around winter ball for Pittsburgh Pirates players. Monday had just a few games on the schedule, with just one player of note seeing action, which is included below.
In the Dominican, Rodolfo Castro went 0-for-2 with two walks. He committed two errors at third base. He was the only player to see action on Monday, and his only contribution was walking as a pinch-hitter. He’s hitting .167 this fall, with a .524 OPS in nine games.
Oneil Cruz was added to his team’s active roster for the week, so he should debut any day now. His team’s game was rained out.
In Puerto Rico, Jeffrey Passantino tossed a scoreless frame on one hit, with no walks or strikeouts. He has allowed one run in five innings.
In Venezuela, Ali Sanchez went 0-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI. He has a .171 average and a .417 OPS in limited play.
In Mexico, Jared Oliva went 1-for-4 with an RBI double and a walk. He’s now hitting .263 with a .707 OPS in 27 games.
Fabricio Macias went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored. He now has a .257 average, seven doubles and a .669 OPS in 28 games.
In Colombia, Rodolfo Nolasco went 0-for-3 with an RBI. He has a .154 average and a .544 OPS in four games.
Francisco Acuna went 0-for-3 with an RBI. He’s hitting .167 with a .600 OPS in four games.
Oliver Mateo threw 1.2 scoreless innings with no hits or walks and two strikeouts.
Cristian Charle recorded two outs in a jam-packed appearance. He allowed two hits and a walk, while picking up two strikeouts. An error also put a runner on, and all four runners scored, but none of them were earned runs.
Andres Alvarez went 3-for-6 with two homers, two runs and six RBIs. His team won 18-15. He has a 1.644 OPS in four games. He hit a home run over the weekend, which now gives him three on the season.+ posts
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