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Winter Leagues: Oneil Cruz Picks Up His First Extra-Base Hit; Christian Kelley Debuts in the Dominican

In Australia on Friday, the Perth Heat and Canberra Calvary opened up a weekend series, putting Robbie Glendinning and Jerrick Suiter on opposite sides. Glendinning’s Perth team won 1-0 on a tenth inning walk-off error, with Glendinning scoring the only run of the game. He started at shortstop and went 0-for-4, reaching base in the tenth as the designated runner at second base to start extra innings. He’s hitting .235/.278/.647 in five games this winter. Suiter started in left field and went 1-for-3 with a sacrifice bunt. He’s batting .158/.200/.211 in five games.

In the Dominican on Friday, a game included three Pirates, with one making his winter debut.

Oneil Cruz went 1-for-5 with a two-run double, which was his first extra-base hit. He’s hitting .190/.190/.238 in six games, with nine strikeouts in 21 plate appearances.

Pablo Reyes went 1-for-5 with his third double and two runs scored. He’s batting .200/.231/.420 in 13 games.

Christian Kelley debuted and he would love a mulligan please. He went 0-for-4 with four strikeouts, before leaving for a pinch-hitter, who also struck out. Kelley went 0-for-3 in throwing out runners. He hit .179/.251/.282 in 80 games for Indianapolis this season, easily his worst year at the plate in pro ball.

In Puerto Rico, Chris Sharpe went 0-for-3 with a walk, RBI and run scored. He is hitting .188/.229/.281 in ten games.

In Colombia, Francisco Acuna went 1-for-3 with a HBP. He drove in a pair of runs and scored once. He started at second base, but finished up at shortstop. Acuna is hitting .316/.440/.342 in 13 games.

Edgar Barrios went 0-for-3 with a run scored. He’s hitting .235/.278/.235 in 14 games.

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