Looking at some Pirates' players and friends in Winter League play.
Aguilas Cibaenas 8, Leones del Escogido 1
Los Aguilas put up 5 runs in the 3rd inning and 3 more in the 4th. A 3-run homer aided Los Aguilas in the 3rd, and a triple brought in two of the runs in the 4th. Los Leones' only run came on a solo homer in the bottom of the 3rd. 3B Andy Marte went 0-for-3 with a walk for Los Leones. Still no word about Starling Marte. Could he have strained something while making a play in the outfield? Or hit himself with a foul ball on one of the first few pitches he saw?
Bravos de Margarita 11, Caribes de Anzoategui 3
A pair of 4-run innings gave Margarita the big edge over Los Caribes. Gorkys Hernandez entered the game as a defensive replacement in center field in the bottom of the 6th. Hernandez had two plate appearances -- a fly out and a walk.
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.