In the Dominican on Sunday afternoon, Gregory Polanco had his 16 game on base streak snapped in a 6-1 loss. He went 0-for-4, striking out twice and grounding out to first base twice. He is hitting .328 through 17 games, with 14 runs scored, 14 RBI’s and 13 walks. Polanco was the only Pittsburgh Pirates farmhand to play in the Dominican on Sunday.
In Puerto Rico, Ivan De Jesus Jr went 1-for-1 with two walks in the first game of a doubleheader. In game two, he went 1-for-2 before being replaced on defense in the sixth inning by Benji Gonzalez. With the score 7-2 late in the seven inning contest, Gonzalez made his season debut and fouled out to the catcher in his only AB.
In that first game for De Jesus, he faced off against Dan Cervette, who split time between three Pirates affiliates this season. Cervette had a rough outing, picking up the loss by allowing three runs on six hits and two walks in 1.2 innings. He allowed a walk and single to De Jesus in two plate appearances.
In Colombia, Harold Ramirez went 0-for-2 with a HBP in his team’s 3-0 loss on Sunday. He picked up an outfield assist. Tito Polo pinch-hit in the eighth inning and struck out. Ramirez is 2-for-8 through three games, with two walks and a HBP.
In the Veracruz League, Carlos Esqueda went 2-for-5 with a double, RBI and two runs scored. He is 10-for-50 with ten walks and eight runs scored.
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