Both Sunday and Monday were quiet days in the winter leagues, with just two games played Monday and Sunday had a game postponed, plus two teams with Pirates players were scheduled off.
On to the little bit of action to cover and we start with a missed at-bat from Saturday in the Dominican. Andy Vasquez struck out as a pinch-hitter late in the game for Toros del Este. It was his first game of the season.
On Sunday night, Mel Rojas Jr. was the only Pirate player to see action in the Dominican. He played left field and went 1-for-6 with a run scored and RBI. Rojas was in center field for his first two games this winter. He has one single in each of his three games.
In Mexico, two hit streaks were broken, though both players reached base. Stetson Allie and Dean Anna had season-long seven game hit streaks coming into Sunday. Allie went 0-for-3 with a walk and run scored. He has a .300/.400/.400 slash line in 30 at-bats. Anna went 0-for-3 with a walk, HBP and run scored. He is hitting .345 and has reached base 18 times in eight games, giving him a .500 OBP.
In Venezuela on Sunday, Ramon Cabrera was the only player to see action and he went 1-for-4 with a single. He is hitting .152 in 33 at-bats and does not have an extra-base hit.
On Monday, Willy Garcia got his first start, batting ninth and playing center field. He went 2-for-4, with a double and run scored in his team’s 7-1 win.
Rafael Perez pitched a scoreless inning, allowing one hit, which happened to be the double by Willy Garcia.
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