Not a lot of winter league action on Thursday; both the Dominican and Puerto Rican Leagues had no games scheduled.
Leones del Caracas 6, Tigres de Aragua 1
Five runs in the 7th inning gave the game to Los Leones. After a single, a throwing error, and a double drove in two runs, Los Tigres brought in former Pirate reliever Wil Ledezma. Ledezma got Corey Wimberly to pop out, followed by a second pop out, and an intentional walk. That strategy backfired when the next batter blasted a 3-run homer. Wimberly also singled in Los Leones' rally in the 3rd inning. SS Ronny Cedeno had an RBI grounder for Los Tigres to drive in their only run in the 8th. He also singled in the 1st inning.
Adelaide Bite 11, Sydney Blue Sox 3
Pirates' farmhands Rinku Singh and Ryan Beckman made their season debuts with the Bite (they had both been on the "reserved" list), both pitching in relief. Singh took over for starter Darre...
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