Catching up with the Pirates' players and friends in the winter leagues:
MEXICAN PACIFIC LEAGUE
Algodoneros de Guasave 7, Venados de Mazatlan 4
A 6-run 3rd inning gave Guasave a lead they would not give up on Friday, despite a 3-run 8th by Los Venados. There were two homers in the 3rd for Guasave and two in the 8th for Mazatlan. LF Rogelio Noris went 0-for-3 with a walk. Former Pirate LF Yurendell de Caster singled and doubled for Guasave.
Venados de Mazatlan 13, Algodoneros de Guasave 1
Los Venados pounded Guasave with 18 hits and an 8-run 5th inning. RF Rogelio Noris doubled in the 5th, driving in one run, then scored on another double. Mazatlan batters doubled four times and homered in that inning. The versatile Yurendell de Caster, who played left and right fields and also first base for Guasave in this game, singled twice, but did not score.
Tiburones de La Guaira 13, Caribes de Anzoategui 4
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.