Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Baltimore Orioles
The 24-year old Daniel Arribas primarily is a catcher, but played at first base, third base and in the outfield last season.
He mostly was used as first baseman in his professional career that began in 2011.
After being signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates, Arribas made his debut in 2011 playing in the Rookie League-team of Pittsburgh in the Dominican Republic.
He then batted .200 in 48 games.
Arribas also played at the Rookie League-level in 2012, 2013 and 2014, but also played in the Australian Baseball League in the winter of 2013-2014.
In 2015, Arribas promoted to the Short Season Single-A team of the Pirates, then played in Single-A last season.
With West Virginia Power, Arribas then had his best season so far.
He played in 127 games last year and batted .256.
While his batting average was lower than in the previous two seasons, Arribas had career highs in doubles (20), triples (4), homeruns (11), runs scored (54), basehits (109) and runs batted in (49).
On Saturday, the Pittsburgh Pirates had made two split-squads to play two games.
One squad played against the Tampa Bay Rays, the other squad played at its home site against the Baltimore Orioles.
Arribas made his debut in the game against the Orioles.
In his Spring Training-debut, Arribas was 1-for-2 and scored a run.
Pittsburgh won the game with a 6-2 score.
The game was played at LECOM Park, which is the new name of the Spring Training-stadium of the Pirates in Bradenton.
The stadium was known as McKechnie Field since 1962 in honor of former Pirates-player and Manager Bill McKechnie, who passed away in 1965.
Earlier this month, the Pirates announced that is had come to a 15-year naming right of the stadium with Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM), which is America's largest medical college with campuses in Erie, Greensburg (both Pennsylvania) and in Bradenton.
Pennsylvania is the home-state of the Pittsburgh Pirates.
At the same time, it was decided to name its renovated clubhouse into Bill McKechnie Home Clubhouse.
Bradenton is Pittsburgh's Spring Training-site since 1969.
Pittsburgh opened the score in the first inning on a 2-out single by Gregory Polanco.
Baltimore came alongside in the top of the fourth when Adam Jones led off with a double and scored on a single by Anthony Santander.
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Pittsburgh re-took the lead in the bottom of the fourth via a sacrifice fly by Alen Hanson, then added a run in the fifth when Polanco again delivered a runscoring single.
In the top of the sixth inning, Arribas entered the game as new first baseman, replacing Jason Rogers.
He then led off the bottom of the sixth, but grounded out.
In the eighth, with two outs, Arribas got his second at bat and this time, he singled.
Hereafter, Chris Bostick and Jin-De Jhang hit back-to-back homeruns to lift the lead to 6-1.
Baltimore scored its second run in the top of the ninth on a force play-grounder by Robert Andino.
In this game, Jonathan Schoop played in his first Spring Training-game for the Orioles.
He started at second base and was 1-for-3.
With one out in the second inning, Schoop doubled and advanced on a single by Chris Johnson, but pitcher Trevor Williams then struckout the next two batters.
Schoop struckout in the fourth and flied out in the top of the sixth, before being replaced.
Arribas, who was born in Miami (Florida), made his debut in the Netherlands National Baseball Team during the St. Petersburg International Tournament in Florida in 2012.
Later that year, he participated with the Orange squad in the European Championship.
The Netherlands then lost the Final in Rotterdam (Netherlands) against Italy.
Arribas also played for the national team during the trainingcamp in Arizona in 2013 while preparing for the World Baseball Classic.