Checking in on a little bit of winter league action for Pirates' players and friends... the Venezuelan and Dominican Leagues have a scheduled day off today
PUERTO RICAN LEAGUE
Leones de Ponce 3, Criollos de Caguas 2
Los Criollos took a 1-0 lead into the middle of the 8th inning. Los Leones began their rally with a one-out walk, and Benji Gonzalez came on as a pinch-runner. He scored the tying run from first base on an RBI double, and a single drove in Los Leones' go-ahead run. Gonzalez remained in the game at third base, while former Pirate RJ Rodriguez took over on the mound for the top of the 9th. Rodriguez gave up a single and a walk, with a wild pitch, putting Los Criollos' runners on the corners. Another single drove in the runner from third, tying the game again. Los Leones won the game in the bottom of the 9th on a walk-off homer. Rodriguez was charged with a blown save, and also earned his first win of the season.
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.