In Colombia on Friday night, shortstop Francisco Acuna went 2-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI. He also had two hits on Thursday. Acuna is 4-for-12 at the plate in four playoff games. He was on the bench for the first 2 1/2 games of the playoffs, but he appears to have taken his starting position back.
In Australia on Saturday, Robbie Glendinning went 2-for-5 with two singles, two runs scored and an RBI in game one of a doubleheader. In game two, he went 1-for-5 with a single. Glendinning is now hitting .347/.448/.490 through 12 games.
Michael Suchy has been having some bad luck recently while maintaining a 17-game on-base streak. The streak is still intact, but only because he got hurt on Saturday before he could come to the plate. While in the on deck circle in the bottom of the first inning, he was hit by a bat that got away from the hitter. Suchy left with what was described as an ankle injury, but it doesn’t appear to be serious according to the person I spoke to with Sydney. During last Sunday’s game, he was drilled in the helmet and had to leave that game early, so it has been a tough six-day stretch for Suchy.
Sam Street made his fourth appearance and allowed one run on one hit and a walk. He recorded two outs, one by strikeout. In seven innings this winter, he has given up two runs on four hits and two walks, with seven strikeouts.
In the Dominican, Richard Rodriguez saw his streak of 18 straight games without an earned run snapped. One day after retiring the side in order in his only inning, he picked a bad time to finally give up earned runs. It started off as a strong outing, but his team tried to push him an extra inning and it backfired. After striking out the first four batters he faced, Rodriguez allowed a double and a single before being removed. Both runs would score and his team would lose 3-1 in ten innings.
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When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.
Bring Suchy home before he gets killed over there.