Sunday is usually a slow day in winter ball, but five Pittsburgh Pirates players saw action.
In Venezuela, Ramon Cabrera went 2-for-3 with a walk and run scored. He is 4-for-14 in the first four games and has been the DH in each of the last three games after catching the opener.
Jose Osuna went 0-for-4 and is now 1-for-12 on the season. After being used as a DH in his first two games, he played his first game at first base.
Matt Nevarez came on in relief in the sixth inning with two outs and the bases loaded and he gave up a grand slam to the first batter he faced. He retired the side on a ground out, then stayed on for the seventh inning. After hitting the first batter, Nevarez got a strikeout and a double play.
In Mexico, Stetson Allie singled in his first at-bat of the game. After grounding out in the fourth and striking out in the fifth, Allie reached base on a hit-by-pitch. In the eighth inning with runners on first and third, Allie drew a walk to load the bases. Despite reaching base three times, he did not figure into the scoring during his team’s 4-2 victory. Allie committed a ninth inning error that didn’t affect the score. Allie had a walk and a double in the season opener.
Dean Anna went 1-for-4 with a single, walk, run scored and RBI.
In other winter league news, the Adelaide Bite of the Australian Baseball League, have announced that pitcher Nick Hutchings will play for them this upcoming season. The 18-year-old Hutchings spent the year in the GCL, where he posted a 4.53 ERA in 47.2 innings over 12 starts.
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