Winter Leagues: Ramirez Homers, Hanson, Garcia and Gamache Debut

In the Dominican on Friday, Alen Hanson batted lead-off for Toros del Este and played second base in his team’s season opener. He went 0-for-5 in the game. He told his team he was open to playing third base, shortstop or second base, wherever they needed him. On the opposing side, Gustavo Nunez also batted lead-off and went 0-for-3 with a walk.

Willy Garcia made his season debut and went 0-for-1 with a walk and run scored. Garcia started in center field and left after scoring a run in the fifth inning.

Josh Wall pitched a perfect inning of relief, striking out two batters.

In Venezuela, Jose Osuna went 1-for-4 with a double. He’s hitting .300 with two doubles.

Elvis Escobar came in as a pinch-runner in the seventh inning and stayed in the game in left field. He stole a base and scored a run, then struck out later in his only at-bat.

Julio Vivas threw a scoreless inning, allowing just a single.

Zack Dodson nearly matched his six shutout innings in his debut. He went seven innings in his second game, allowing one run on three hits, with no walks and six strikeouts. Dodson becomes a minor league free agent this year after putting in seven seasons with the Pirates, but until the postseason ends, he can only be signed by the Pirates.

Gorkys Hernandez went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.

In Mexico, Harold Ramirez hit a two-run homer in his team’s 7-4 victory. He went 1-for-3 and has a .667 OPS in six games.

Felipe Gonzalez faced two batters, allowing a single and recording an out.

Dan Gamache went 1-for-4 with a walk in his debut. He plays for Naranjeros de Hermosillo.