In Venezuela, Jose Osuna played third base for the third straight day. After getting just one fielding chance in each of his first two games, he was a little busier on Friday night and it didn’t go well. Osuna committed fielding errors on the first two balls hit his way, before fielding a grounder cleanly in his final chance. At the plate, he’s still trying to catch up to everyone who had six weeks of play before he made his winter debut. Osuna went 1-for-4 with a single and two strikeouts, leaving him with a .174 average through his first six games.
Elvis Escobar went 1-for-5 with a run scored. His team had 22 hits in the game, including at least three hits from five players. Escobar is on a 2-for-23 stretch over his last ten games and he’s batting .250 through 36 games.
In the Dominican, Starling Marte went 2-for-5 with two singles, a run scored and his second stolen base. He’s hitting .206 through 17 games, with a double, triple, two homers and a 2:17 BB/SO ratio.
Pablo Reyes went 0-for-4, halting a recent hot streak. He’s hitting .247/.330/.312 in 25 games.
Anderson Feliz went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts. That dropped him down to a .255 average through 21 games.
Jung-Ho Kang was on the bench for the third time this week and it probably won’t help that his replacement has driven in seven runs in his first 11 at-bats.
In Australia on Saturday, Jin-De Jhang went 2-for-4 with two singles and a run scored. He’s hitting .261/.292/.391 in six games.
Michael Suchy went 0-for-4 with a walk and two strikeouts. Though seven games, he is batting .160/.250/.320.
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