In the U23 World Cup tournament on Friday, shortstop Robbie Glendinning hit two home runs as part of a big game for Team Australia. He also had a single, walk and four runs scored in the 16-3 victory over the Netherlands. He was hitting .174 in the tournament prior to Friday.
Glendinning split 2018 between Morgantown and West Virginia, hitting .268/.360/.381 in 59 games. The U23 tournament ends this weekend, but he will be part of our winter coverage when the Australian Baseball League season begins next month. So far he is the only Pirate player signed to play in the league this season.
In other U23 action, Victor Ngoepe went 1-for-5 with a run scored. His South African team will take on Australia today, so that game might have Pirates playing shortstop for both teams. You can watch along live here. Ngoepe is 3-for-23 with a double and three runs scored in the tournament.
Fabricio Macias went 0-for-3 with a walk in his team’s 3-1 win over the Dominican. He led Mexico to a win on Thursday, reaching base four times in the game.
In the Dominican, Pablo Reyes went 1-for-3 with a walk. He’s hitting .220 with seven walks and no extra-base hits in 11 games. He has started at second base in each of his last five games.
Jesus Liranzo made his fourth appearance and allowed one run on two hits in 1.1 innings. He picked up one strikeout. Liranzo came into the day with four shutout innings on one hit, no walks and seven strikeouts.
Alfredo Reyes was used as a pinch-runner. He did not get a chance to bat or play defense.