Saturday's winter league action with Pirates' players and friends:
Tiburones de La Guaira 5, Leones del Caracas 4
Caracas was playing catch-up for the whole game. In the top of the 9th, down by 2 runs, Los Leones loaded the bases with two singles and a walk. A wild pitch allowed the runner from third to score, bringing Los Leones within one run of Los Tiburones. An intentional walk loaded the bases again, but a line-out double play ended their hopes. Ramon Cabrera pinch hit with two on and two outs in the top of the 8th, but he struck out to end the inning.
Aguilas de Zulia 3, Caribes de Anzoategui 0
Caribes' starter Carlos Zambrano struck out the first two Zulia batters he faced, then gave up a walk and a home run. Another homer gave Los Aguilas their final run in the 6th, and Zambrano was charged with the loss. Los Caribes were held to just 4 hits in the game. CF Gorkys Hernandez had one of those hits, the second of two singles ...
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.