Sunday's winter league action for some Pirates' players and friends:
Toros del Este 5, Estrellas de Oriente 1
Each team posted just 6 hits, but Los Toros made them count. Los Estrellas scored first with a solo homer in the 3rd. Former Pirate farmhand CF Rich Thompson singled in that inning also, but didn't score. Matt Hague tied the score for Los Toros in the 4th inning with his second solo homer of the winter league season. Los Toros broke the tie with 4 runs in the 7th inning, taking advantage of 2 errors by Los Estrellas. A single, a bunt with an fielding error, and an intentional walk loaded the bases. Two singled drove in three runs, then a throwing error by Los Estrellas' catcher on a double steal brought in another run. Hague walked in that inning, but was left on base. Tim Wood pitched a perfect 8th inning, with two strikeouts.
Tigres del Licey 5, Leones del Escogido 5
CF Starling Marte singled and scored for Los Leones, b...
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.