New York Yankees infielder Jose Pirela had a big game for Aguilas del Zulia yesterday after going 3-for-4 with 4 runs scored and 3 RBIs in their victory over Leones del Caracas. Fellow Yankee minor leaguer Francisco Arcia also went 3-for-4 in the game with 2 RBIs.
Pirela started it off in the top of the first inning. After Lane Adams grounded out to open the game, Alex Romero lined a double to right to bring up Pirela. Pirela watched the first pitch go by for a called strike, then missed the next pitch swinging to put him behind 0-2. After letting a ball go outside of the strike zone he sent the fourth pitch of the at bat through to left field for a single, bringing home Romero and giving him the RBI. Jose then came around to score when former Yankee David Adams grounded a ball sharply into right field and the fielder committing an error.
Francisco Arcia led off the top of the second inning with a base hit on the second pitch of the bat, sending a sharp ground ball into center field. Arcia then was erased on the double play. In the top of the fourth Arcia earned his first RBI when with 2 outs he lined the third pitch of the at bat to right field with a man on, bringing him around to score on a double. Arcia was thrown out at third base on the play, attempting to stretch it into a triple.
Jose Pirela started the top of the sixth inning with a 6-pitch at bat, sending the final pitch softly to the third baseman for an infield hit, then went first-to-third on a fly ball single to left by David Adams before scoring on a double by Mike Jacobs. Adams and Jacobs then scored on a double by Rene Reyes. After a pitching change Franklin Barreto popped out for the first out of the inning, bringing up Francisco Arcia. Arcia sent the only pitch of the at bat into right field for an RBI single. After a walk he would be stranded at second at the end of the inning.
In the top of the seventh inning Jose Pirela worked a walk, moved to third on a 1-out double by Mike Jacobs and then scored on a 2-out double by Franklin Barreto. The icing on the cake came in the top of the eighth when with a runner on base Pirela lined the second pitch of the at bat over the left-field fence for his first homerun of the Venezuelan Winter League season.