Winter Leagues: Jared Oliva Homers; Bligh Madris is an All-Star

Here’s a recap of the action around winter ball for the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday night

In the Dominican, Enmanuel Mejia allowed one run on two hits in one inning of work. He now has a 4.15 ERA in 8.2 innings over nine appearances, with 11 hits, three walks and five strikeouts.

In Puerto Rico, Bligh Madris went 0-for-2 with a walk and an RBI on a sacrifice fly. He’s now hitting .245 with a .683 OPS in 16 games. Madris will play in Sunday’s All-Star game.

In Mexico, Jared Oliva went 1-for-4 with a solo homer (his third, see below), a sacrifice fly and a walk. He is hitting .256 with a .721 OPS in 17 games

Randy Romero went 1-for-4 with a single. He now has a .295 average and a .705 OPS in 55 games. He took over the league lead with 67 hits last night.

In Colombia, Tsung-Che Cheng went 1-for-5 with a single, walk, run scored, stolen base and RBI. He’s now hitting .264/.328/.358 in 15 games.

Here’s Oliva’s homer…

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