Winter Leagues: Another Big Night for Tsung-Che Cheng

A wrap-up of Sunday’s action around winter ball for the Pittsburgh Pirates

In Colombia, Tsung-Che Cheng went 4-for-5 with a triple and two runs scored. He highlighted yesterday’s post as well with his three hits (two doubles) and three RBIs. He went 1-for-12 in his first three games this winter.

In the Dominican, Rodolfo Castro went 1-for-5 with his sixth double and a run scored. He’s hitting .244 with an .816 OPS in 23 games.

Enmanuel Mejia recorded two outs, while allowing a run on two hits (one being a homer). He has allowed three runs in 7.1 innings over seven appearances.

Free agent Christian Bethancourt went 2-for-5 with an RBI. He’s hitting .195 with a .543 OPS.

In Puerto Rico, Bligh Madris went 0-for-3 with a walk. He’s hitting .294 with an .824 OPS.

Oliver Mateo tossed a scoreless innings, facing the minimum despite a hit batter. He had one strikeout. In three appearances, he has thrown three no-hit/shutout innings on three walks and three strikeouts.

Michael Perez went 1-for-3 with a walk and a two-run homer, his first of the winter. He’s hitting .190 with a .737 OPS.

In Mexico, Jared Oliva went 1-for-4 with a walk and a run scored. He’s hitting .227 with a .663 OPS in ten games.

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