A look at Friday’s action around winter ball for players on the Pittsburgh Pirates.
In the second day of action in Australia, Jesus Castillo went 0-for-2 with a walk and HBP. He went 1-for-4 with a single in the opener.
Ernny Ordonez had a 1-for-4 night, collecting a single. He was 0-for-3 in the opener.
Sammy Siani went 1-for-4 with an RBI. He was 0-for-4 in the opener.
Dylan Shockley had an 0-for-4 night. He’s still looking for his first hit.
In the Dominican, we had some Pirates vs Pirates going on. Osvaldo Bido had a terrific outing, going five shutout innings on three hits, one walk and one strikeout. He faced just two batters over the minimum. He now has a 2.60 ERA in five starts.
Bido faced Rodolfo Castro twice and got him on a ground out and a three-pitch strikeout. Castro finished the game by striking out in his next at-bat, then reaching on a HBP. He’s hitting .211 with a .581 OPS in five games.
In Mexico, Fabricio Macias went 1-for-4 with a run scored. He’s hitting .260 in 25 games.
In Colombia, Rodolfo Nolasco had an 0-for-4 debut on Opening Day.
Andres Alvarez went 0-for-3 with a walk and a run scored.
Oliver Mateo pitched a scoreless inning, walking two batters and striking out three.
Francisco Acuna went 0-for-3 in his season debut.
In Puerto Rico, Will Kobos had a rough relief appearance, allowing a run on a hit, walk and strikeout, while recording two outs. He came into the game with the bases loaded and all three inherited runners scored.
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