Stolmy Pimentel is looking to make up for some lost innings this year by pitching in the Dominican, but he didn’t get much time in on Saturday night. Pimentel gave up five earned runs on six hits and a walk in 1.1 innings. He threw a wild pitch and failed to pick up a strikeout. This was the third winter start for him and his ERA now sits at 11.05 through 7.1 innings. Pimentel has allowed 13 hits, with four walks and four strikeouts. He pitched 43 innings total during the 2014 season after throwing 178.2 innings in 2013.
Pimentel’s outing wasn’t all bad news for Pittsburgh Pirates fans because the walk and one of the hits he gave up, came from Mel Rojas Jr., who went 2-for-3 with a walk and a triple. Rojas scored three runs and drove in his sixth run of the season. He has reached base eight times in the last three games.
Willy Garcia went 0-for-4. He is hitting .308 through 39 at-bats, with four doubles and four walks.
In Venezuela, Ramon Cabrera started for the first time in over a week and had a big night. He went 2-for-3, with two walks, an RBI and three runs scored. He really struggled early in the year, but he now has his average up to .235 through 17 games, with a 7:6 BB/SO ratio. Cabrera still hasn’t recorded an extra-base hit in 51 at-bats.
In Puerto Rico, Bryton Trepagnier made his second appearance and allowed one run over two innings. He gave up a walk and a hit without recording a strikeout. He has allowed four runs in four innings.
In Mexico, first baseman Carlos Munoz got his first start and collected his first hit. He went 1-for-3 with a run scored. He also committed an error on Saturday. Munoz is 1-for-7 with four strikeouts in five games.
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