Looking in on Pirates' players and friends in Wednesday's winter league action:
Toros del Este 13, Gigantes del Cibao 4
Los Toros bulldozed Los Gigantes, beginning with a 7-run top of the 1st. Three consecutive singles opened the game and drove in the first run. After a throwing error, another single drove in two runs. 1B Matt Hague doubled, then scored on another double. SS Pedro Ciriaco struck out, but strike three was a wild pitch, allowing the seventh run of the inning to cross the plate, and leaving Ciriaco on first. In the 2nd inning, a walk and a double put two runners into scoring position for Hague, who pushed them both in with a single into center field. Ciriaco hit the third of three singles in a row in the 5th inning, picking up an RBI. A double and a throwing error added 3 more runs in the inning. Former Pirate Juan Perez pitched a scoreless top of the 9th for Los Gigantes, retiring the side in order.
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.