Winter Leagues: Weekend Wrap-Up for Eight Pittsburgh Pirates

In Mexico on Saturday, Fabricio Macias continued to slump, going 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.

Randy Romero made his third straight start after serving almost exclusively as a bench player during the first 43 games of the season. He started in center field and batted ninth, going 0-for-4 on the night.

In Colombia on Saturday night, Francisco Acuna went 1-for-5 with a run scored. He started at second base and finished the game at shortstop defensively.

Carlos Arroyo was across the field from Acuna in this game and he played third base. He went 1-for-4 with two strikeouts and an error. Acuna’s team won the battle, 5-4.

More on all of these players below.

Sunday’s Action

On Sunday in the Dominican, Oneil Cruz’s team played a doubleheader. He went 1-for-3 with a single and a run scored in game one, as his team won 3-2. He did not play in the second game. Cruz is hitting .237/.237/.368, with a 0:10 BB/SO ratio in 38 plate appearances over ten games.

Gregory Polanco served as the DH and he went 1-for-3 with an RBI. He’s hitting .197/.276/.342 with an 8:18 BB/SO ratio in 87 plate appearances over 21 games.

Edgar Santana came into the game mid-fifth inning with one out and two men on. He retired the first batter, then walked the bases loaded. The next batter hit a three-run single with no errors involved, three RBIs on the play (see video, it’s crazy). Santana retired the next batter to get out of the inning. He has made five appearances, allowing two runs on six hits and two walks, with three strikeouts in 3.2 innings.

Oddy Nunez faced two batters, hitting one (Socrates Brito), then striking out the other. He stranded two inherited runners. In four appearances, he has allowed one run on seven hits and a walk, with three strikeouts in 4.1 innings.

In Colombia, Sunday proved to be a tough day for both Francisco Acuna and Carlos Arroyo, as their teams squared off again. They each went 0-for-5 with two strikeouts. Acuna is 7-for-39 with a double and eight walks in ten games. Arroyo is 8-for-30 with two doubles, two walks and four hit-by-pitches in 13 games.

In Mexico, Fabricio Macias went 2-for-3 with an RBI. He’s hitting .217/.260/.333, with an 8:37 BB/SO ratio in 138 at-bats over 41 games.

Randy Romero went 0-for-3 with a walk, two strikeouts and his fifth stolen base in five attempts. He’s hitting .152/.263/.182 in 33 at-bats over 27 games.