Pirates Winter Leagues: Playoffs Begin in Puerto Rico; Regular Season Ends in Colombia Today

Six Pittsburgh Pirates saw action in the second game of a doubleheader on Saturday in Australia. The first game finished early enough (our time) to include in yesterday’s winter leagues recap. The regular season wraps up in Colombia today, while the playoffs started in Puerto Rico last night.

Australia

Sammy Siani went 2-for-5 with a double, an RBI and two runs scored in game two of Saturday’s doubleheader. He has a .301/.376/.544 slash line through 30 games.

Jase Bowen went 1-for-4 with a single and a walk. He has a .245/.314/.372 slash line through 26 games.

Ernny Ordonez went 1-for-5 with his 12th RBI. He’s batting .271/.316/.327 through 30 games.

Dylan Shockley went 1-for-4 with his sixth double. He has a .214/.316/.357 slash line in 27 games.

Jesus Castillo went 1-for-4 with a double and two runs scored. He’s hitting .135/.214/.169 in 26 games. The double was his second extra-base hit of the winter.

Solomon Maguire went 2-for-4 with a run scored. He has a .250/.288/.329 slash line in 24 games.

Colombia

Andres Alvarez went 1-for-4 with an RBI last night. He has a .354 average and a 1.010 OPS going into the final day of the season today. He ranks fourth in the league in average, fifth with seven homers and third with 37 RBIs. He leads the league with 56 hits. He started games at third base, shortstop, second base, left field and center field. His team made the playoffs so he will continue to play after today. First playoff game is Tuesday night.

Puerto Rico

Tsung-Che Cheng went 2-for-3 with two singles, a run scored and a stolen base in a 3-2 victory. 

Josh Palacios went 1-for-4 with a double in his team’s 2-1 victory.

Duane Underwood Jr tossed a scoreless inning on one hit and one strikeout. The hit he allowed was the double by Palacios. Underwood had three one-inning outings during the regular season, throwing shutout ball each time, while picking up a total of six strikeouts.

Mexico

Fabricio Macias went 3-for-5 with a double, run scored, RBI and stolen base. He is now 7-for-19 with a double and a walk through five playoff games.

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Wilbur Miller

Siani made FG’s Sunday Notes column. Nothing beyond his winter stats, really, but good to see him get some notice.

Scrappy2499

I think Solomon Maguire is young for the league right. Glad he is hitting a bit.

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