Pirates' players and friends in Friday's winter league action:
Gigantes del Cibao 6, Leones del Escogido 3
RF Starling Marte continued his happy return to the playing field after missing some time with muscle strain. Today he went 2-for-4 with a double and a single. That's 5-for-15 in the past three games after going hitless in his first game back. Marte was also hit by a pitch in Los Leones' 4th inning rally, when they scored all 3 of their runs. Former Pirate Juan Perez pitched a scoreless 9th inning to earn his 2nd Save for Los Gigantes.
Tigres del Licey 4, Toros del Este 1
A walk and two singles in the top of the 1st gave Los Toros their only run of the game. That rally ended when 1B Matt Hague bounced into a double play. Hague went 0-for-4 for the night. Licey came back to scored one run in each of the 1st and the 2nd innings, then 2 more runs in the 3rd.
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.