Winter Leagues: Mel Rojas Jr. Reaches Base Three Times Again

In the Dominican on Friday night, Alen Hanson went 0-for-3 before being pinch-hit for late in a one-sided game. He was at second base again after splitting the previous game between shortstop and second.

Rafael Perez pitched against Hanson’s team and the first batter he faced was the pinch-hitter for Hanson. He got a fly ball for the final out of the seventh inning. In the eighth, he gave up two solo homers while recording just one out. The second homer ended his night.

Willy Garcia went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts. He had not struck out in his first 13 plate appearances coming into the game. On defense, Garcia picked up his second outfield assist.

Mel Rojas Jr. went 2-for-3 with a HBP, run scored and an RBI. He also reached base three times in Thursday night’s game. He has been on base in all six games that he has played.

Wirfin Obispo made his fourth appearance and gave up back-to-back singles to the only two batters he faced. He came in with the bases loaded and all three inherited runs scored. Obispo allowed a single to Mel Rojas Jr., then made a throwing error, which brought home another run. He actually got out of the inning on the second single. While two runs scored, the batter was thrown out at second base for the final out.

In Mexico, Stetson Allie extended his on-base streak to 12 games. He came up in a huge spot in the ninth inning, with the bases loaded, one out and his team trailing by one run. He couldn’t get the job done, striking out for the second time in the game. He finished 1-for-5 with an RBI.

Felipe Gonzalez picked up the loss in the game, allowing one run over 1.2 innings. He gave up one hit and issued one walk, which was an intentional walk. The winning run scored two batters after he left the game.

Dean Anna went 1-for-3 with two walks and an RBI. He has reached base at least once in every start this season.

In Venezuela, Ramon Cabrera was back behind the plate for the first time this week. He went 1-for-4 with an RBI.

There are more Pirates players on Bravos de Margarita than any other team in Venezuela. On Friday, three of them saw action. Junior Sosa came in during the seventh inning as a pinch-hitter and went 0-for-2, finishing the game in center field.  Jhonathan Ramos came in during the sixth inning and retired two batters, while also allowing a single. Matt Nevarez came in and finished off the sixth inning, then stayed in to get two outs in the seventh. He allowed one run, which was unearned. The runner reached on an error and came around to score on a single after he left the game.

John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball.

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