Here is a look at Sunday’s Pittsburgh Pirates winter league action, which was a little lighter than usual due to the Dominican League having the day off.
Jesus Castillo had the big hit in his team’s 3-2 win. He drove in two runs with his first triple of the winter. He finished 1-for-4 with two RBIs. He’s hitting .103 with a .308 OPS in 21 games.
Jase Bowen went 1-for-4 with his second double. His sacrifice bunt in the bottom of the tenth, turned into a game winner when the pitcher threw the ball away. Bowen is hitting .243 with a .636 OPS in 21 games.
Solomon Maguire went 1-for-4 with a run scored. He’s hitting .197 with a .435 OPS in 19 games.
Sammy Siani went 1-for-3 with a walk. He’s batting .247 with a .772 OPS in 25 games.
Dylan Shockley went 0-for-4. He’s hitting .206 with a .628 OPS in 25 games.
Ernny Ordonez went 0-for-4. He’s batting .280 with a .670 OPS in 23 games.
Andres Alvarez went 2-for-5 with a double, run scored and two RBIs. He’s hitting .364 with a 1.081 OPS in 27 games. Our weekly Pirates Winter Report focused on the work Alvarez is doing in Colombia.
Rodolfo Nolasco went 0-for-4. He’s hitting .228 with a .759 OPS in 24 games.
Francisco Acuna went 2-for-4 with a double, walk, run scored and two RBIs. He’s hitting .221 with a .709 OPS in 26 games.
Tsung-Che Cheng went 0-for-3. He’s hitting .212 with a .619 OPS in ten games.
Shawn Ross went 0-for-3 with a run scored. He’s hitting .120 with a .420 OPS in 28 games.
Josh Palacios went 0-for-3. He’s hitting .250 with a .774 OPS in nine games.
Fabricio Macias went 2-for-3 with two singles, a run scored and an outfield assist. He’s hitting .258 with a .671 OPS in 51 games.
Denny Roman tossed a scoreless inning on one hit and one strikeouts. He has allowed one earned run in 13.2 innings, with eight hits and 16 strikeouts.
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