Roster Moves and Winter Leagues: Rough Night For Morton And Hamman

VENEZUELAN LEAGUE

Caribes de Anzoategui� 10,� Navegantes del Magallanes� 5� — Corey Hamman continues to struggle in his relief role with Magallanes.� Los Caribes scored in each of the first three innings� — one in the 1st, 4 in the 2nd, 2 in the 3rd, then added on single runs in each of three more innings.� Magallanes had one big inning, putting 5 runs on the board in the 3rd.� SS Argenis Diaz walked and scored, and 1B Mike Ryan hit a two-RBI single and he also scored.� Ryan also singled in the 6th but did not score.� Hamman came in to pitch to begin the top of the 6th, and he gave up a home run to the first batter he faced, then worked around a single to finish the inning.� He also began the 7th inning, but hit the first batter, then threw a wild pitch, and walked the next batter.� He was relieved, but a single later drove in the batter who had been hit by Hamman’s pitch, so he was responsible for that run too.

Bravos de Margarita� 4,� Tiburones de La Guaira� 3� — 3B Andy LaRoche contributed a single in Margarita’s 8th inning rally, which gave Los Bravos the run that turned out to win the game.� Margarita had scored 3 runs in the 3rd on two walks, a single, and two doubles.� Los Tiburones scored one run in the bottom of the 1st, then added 2 more in the bottom of the 8th on four singles.� Former Pirate farmhand Ronald Belisario finished the bottom of the 8th for Los Bravos, then retired the side in order in the top of the 9th to earn his 4th Save.

MEXICAN PACIFIC LEAGUE

Naranjeros de Hermosillo� 11,� Yaquis de Obregon� 7� — A 5-run inning in the bottom of the 9th was not enough for Los Yaquis to catch up to Los Naranjeros.� Hermosillo scored 9 runs over the 2nd through 4th innings, including a single by C Humberto Cota in the 3rd and a walk by Cota to force in a run in the 4th.� Cota led off the 6th with a double, and came around to score the first of 2 more runs in that inning.� CF Jeff Salazar singled for Obregon in the 3rd and stole second base, though he was left stranded.� Obregon scored 2 in the 4th.� Their rally in the 9th included two walks, an error, five singles, and a sacrifice fly, but the game ended with the bases loaded and the tying run at the plate striking out.

DOMINICAN LEAGUE

Estrellas de Oriente� 7,� Toros del Este� 1Charlie Morton had a rough night for Los Toros.� He gave up a 2-run homer in the 1st inning, and another run on back-to-back doubles in the 2nd.� Morton did settle down and retire the side in order in the 3rd and 4th innings, then worked around a lead-off walk to in the 5th.� Los Estrellas did not treat Mortons’ relief much better.� They scored 4 runs in the 6th off reliever Fernando De La Cruz, on two doubles, three singles, and a walk.� Los Toros’ only run came on a solo homer in the 7th inning.� C Jason Jaramillo went 0-for-3 for Los Toros.

Aguilas Cibaenas�� 6,� Gigantes del Cibao� 5� — Los Aguilas came from behind with one run in each of the last three innings to take the win.� LF Starling Marte went 0-for-2 with a walk for Los Aguilas, and he also dropped down a sacrifice bunt in the 4th, when Los Aguilas scored 2 runs.� Los Gigantes had a 5-3 lead going into the bottom of the 7th, when Los Aguilas made it 5-4 on a run scored with a walk, a stolen base, and wild pitch, and an RBI ground out.� Mike Dubee came on to pitch for Los Gigantes in the bottom of the 8th.� Dubee was charged with the Blown Save when he gave up the tying run on a walk, a stolen base, a sacrifice bunt, and a sacrifice fly.� Juan Perez took over for Dubee for the bottom of the 9th, and he was charged with the loss when Los Aguilas scored the winning run on two walks, bunt hit, and another walk to force in the run.

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Nancy Zinni

Nancy grew up in Rochester, NY, where her father indoctrinated her to the love of baseball as a small child. He taught her to keep score at the age of 5, and she hasn't stopped since. She now lives in the Indianapolis area with her husband and two sons. Nancy has followed the Indians on both the Most Valuable Network and the Bloguin group, before joining Pirates Prospects in 2011. She provides daily game recaps from Indianapolis, plus player analysis from the guys she sees live at the games.

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