In an abbreviated schedule from last night, Darren Ford made his return to Winter ball in Venezuela. He left Leones de Caracas after the team’s game on November 19th to return home to spend time with family and his return to the VWL wasn’t certain at the time. Ford went 1-for-4 last night, with a walk and run scored. Through 32 games, he has a .281/.358/.378 line.
In Puerto Rico, Benji Gonzalez continues to get regular starts despite going hitless the entire last week. Gonzalez went 0-for-4, capping off an 0-for-23 week.
After Kris Johnson’s brilliant performance on Saturday night, he told the local Spanish-speaking media that “It was the best game I’ve thrown in my career.” Johnson faced a lineup that included five current and two former major leaguers, including Nelson Cruz of the Rangers. He struck out 11 batters, allowing just three hits and no walks over 7.1 innings.
The Dominican League playoffs will begin on Thursday. The following Pirates players are on the rosters of the te...