Checking in with Pirates' players and friends in Saturday's winter league action...
Cardenales de Lara 15, Tigres de Aragua 8
Four home runs by Los Tigres were not enough to keep up with Los Cardenales, who began the game with a 7-run top of the 1st. Los Tigres got onto the scoreboard with 3 runs in the 3rd inning, on a home run by RF Jonel Pacheco (2-run homer) and 1B Hector Gimenez. Another homer gave Aragua one more run in the 4th, but Los Cardenales scored 4 runs in the top of the 5th, and another 4 in the top of the 8th. Los Tigres had their own 4-run inning in the 9th, including a 3-run homer for Pacheco's second blast of the game. Jorge Cortes singled in the 2nd, then walked and scored in the 9th inning.
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.