Here’s a recap of Sunday’s action around winter ball for the Pittsburgh Pirates. In case you missed it, here’s our weekly Winter League Report article, focused on Osvaldo Bido.
In the Dominican, Oneil Cruz made his first start at shortstop. He had a big game at the plate and a poor first day in the field. After going 0-for-4 in the opener as a DH, he went 3-for-3 with a homer, two singles, two walks (one IBB), three runs scored and an RBI in his team’s 8-4 win. He also committed two errors.
Miguel Andujar went 2-for-5 with two runs scored. He’s now hitting for a .364 average and a 1.006 OPS in eight games.
Rodolfo Castro went 1-for-3 with a single and an RBI on a sacrifice fly. He’s now hitting .175 with a .553 OPS in 18 games. Both Castro and Andujar sat out the second game of a doubleheader.
Lewin Diaz debuted on Saturday, going 1-for-4 with a double. He was on the opposite side of Andujar/Castro in Sunday’s doubleheader. He went 2-for-4 with a double, walk and run scored in game one. He went 1-for-5 with a single and a run scored in the second game.
Yohan Ramirez tossed a scoreless frame, retiring the side in order. He has pitched 6.1 shutout innings on four hits, no walks and three strikeouts.
In Venezuela, Miguel Yajure made his fourth start and it did not go well. In 2.1 innings, he allowed three runs on five hits, three walks and a strikeout. He has given up 12 runs and 22 base runners in 10.1 innings.
Ali Sanchez went 1-for-4 with a run scored. He’s hitting .222 with a .525 OPS in 24 games.
In Puerto Rico, Jeffrey Passantino retired the only batter he faced. He has allowed one run in 7.1 innings.
Brad Case tossed 0.2 scoreless innings on one hit, one walk and one strikeout. That was just the second hit he has allowed in 7.1 shutout innings this winter.
In Mexico, Jared Oliva went 0-for-3 in the first game of a doubleheader. In game two he went 0-for-3 again (both games were seven innings). He has a .295 average and a .772 OPS OPS in 38 games.
Fabricio Macias went 1-for-3 with his ninth double, and RBI and a HBP. He has a .254 average and a .659 OPS in 37 games.
In Colombia, Rodolfo Nolasco went 3-for-4 with a double, two singles, a walk, two runs and an RBI. He has a .279 average and a .954 OPS in 12 games.
Francisco Acuna went 0-for-2, giving him a .158 average and a .520 OPS.
Andres Alvarez went 0-for-4. He’s hitting .356 with a 1.066 OPS.
Sunday’s game in Australia was suspended in the fourth inning due to rain. The two teams meet again in a few weeks, so it seems likely that they will finish the game then. The only noteworthy item was a double by Jase Bowen. Ernny Ordonez reached on a HBP and Solomon Maguire drew a walk. Dylan Shockley and Sammy Siani were also in the lineup.
Here’s the homer by Cruz
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