Winter League and Premier12 action for players from the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday night.
In the Premier12 tournament, the match-up of Canada vs Australia had players of interest batting third for each team. Robbie Glendinning helped his team to a 3-1 victory by going 1-for-2 with a single, walk, RBI and run scored. He went 2-for-6 with two walks in his team’s first two games. The RBI last night came on a first inning sacrifice fly. As you can see in the video, he didn’t miss an opposite field home run by much.
Australia lead! 🦘💪
Robbie Glendinning's sac fly drives in Tim Kennelly!
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Eric Wood went 1-for-3 with a walk, as his team was eliminated from the tournament. He went 3-for-9 with a double and four walks in three games.
In the Dominican, Pablo Reyes played his fourth game of the season and second since returning from an ankle injury. He started at third base and went 0-for-4. He had a double and triple in his first game back. Here’s video of the triple, where you can see that his ankle is just fine.
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A new name showed up in the opposite dugout (technically, bullpen) of Reyes on Thursday. Williams Jerez, who joined the Pirates late this season as a waiver pickup, made his winter debut. He recorded the final two outs of the fourth inning on no hits and a walk, but two of the three runners he inherited came around to score. The final out of the inning was Pablo Reyes grounding out to second base.
In Mexico, Fabricio Macias singled in his only at-bat. He was a sixth inning defensive replacement in center field. He’s hitting .228/.274/.316 in 22 games.
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