After Monday off, the Winter Leagues are back in action, including some Pirates' players and friends
PUERTO RICAN LEAGUE
Leones de Ponce 9, Criollos de Caguas 6
SS Benji Gonzalez had one hit for Los Leones, a single which loaded the bases in the 2nd inning (none of them scored). Los Leones scored 4 runs on a pair of 2-run homers in the 3rd inning, then hung on for the win. Former Pirate farmhand RJ Rodriguez earned his 7th save of the winter league season with a scoreless 9th inning -- he gave up one single, and struck out the other three batters he faced. Former Indy Indian SS Luis Figueroa had an RBI single for Los Criollos in their 3-run 6th inning. Ponce made two errors in that inning, including a throwing error by Gonzalez.
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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.