Happy Thanksgiving to everyone. Here’s a recap of Wednesday’s winter league action for members of the Pittsburgh Pirates.
In the Dominican, Miguel Andujar went 2-for-4 with an RBI double early in the game and an RBI single late. He is 6-for-20 with a .733 OPS in five games. See video of his RBI double at the bottom.
Rodolfo Castro went 0-for-2 with a walk and his fifth error. He’s hitting .178 with a .595 OPS in 15 games.
After Andujar hit his RBI single in the ninth to make it 3-2, he left for pinch-runner Lolo Sanchez, who was making his winter debut. He did not get a chance to bat or play in the field.
In Colombia, Rodolfo Nolasco went 2-for-5 with a double and his second homer, along with three RBIs and a stolen base. He’s now hitting .233 with an .851 OPS in eight games.
Andres Alvarez went 1-for-4 with a run, RBI and a walk. He’s hitting .406 with a 1.237 OPS in nine games.
Francisco Acuna went 0-for-4 to give him a .103 average and a .422 OPS.
Diego Chiquillo recorded two outs, both on strikeouts, while allowing two runs. He allowed the home run to Nolasco, the second day in a row that Nolasco has homered against a Pirates pitcher. Cristian Charle allowed the first one.
Oliver Mateo recorded one out on a strikeout. He also issued a walk, but no runs.
In Puerto Rico, Jeffrey Passantino retired all three batters he faced, lowering him to a 1.29 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP in seven innings, with two strikeouts.
In Mexico, Jared Oliva went 1-for-4 with a single and his 12th stolen base. He has a .294 average and a .779 OPS in 34 games.
Fabricio Macias went 2-for-4 with a single, his eight double, a run scored and two RBIs. He has a .254 average and a .661 OPS in 34 games.
In Venezuela, the only news was that Ali Sanchez caught the final two innings of his team’s win. He did not get to bat.
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