Here’s a look at Saturday’s action from around winter ball for players on the Pittsburgh Pirates. In case you missed it, we posted our weekly Pirates Winter Report on Saturday afternoon.
In Australia, Dylan Shockley (pictured above) had an impressive day, going 3-for-3 with a double and a walk. He went 0-for-7 in the first two games.
Jesus Castillo went 0-for-4 with a walk. He’s 1-for-10 so far in three games, with two walks and a HBP.
Ernny Ordonez went 1-for-5 with a double and a run scored. He’s 2-for-12 in three games.
Sammy Siani went 1-for-4 with a single and run scored. He’s 2-for-12 in three games.
In the Dominican, Rodolfo Castro went 1-for-5 with a single and two runs scored. He remained in the lead-off spot, but he slid over to second base for this game. He’s only been playing third base. He’s hitting .208 with a .546 OPS in six games.
In Mexico, Jared Oliva went 0-for-4. He’s hitting .278 with a .722 OPS in 25 games.
Fabricio Macias went 0-for-3 with a walk. He’s hitting .252 with a .653 OPS in 26 games.
In Venezuela, Diego Castillo went 1-for-4 with his first winter home run, a solo shot.
In day two in Colombia, Andres Alvarez went 2-for-4 with a triple, walk and three runs scored.
Rodolfo Nolasco went 1-for-3 with a single and walk.
Diego Chiquillo tossed a scoreless inning with no hits, two walks and no strikeouts.
Cristian Charle allowed two runs in his one inning, giving up two hits, with no walks and three strikeouts.
Francisco Acuna went 2-for-3 with a double, walk and run scored.
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