Looking in on Pirates' players and friends in Tuesday's winter league action:
Cardenales de Lara 5, Tigres de Aragua 4
Los Tigres posted 10 hits, out-hitting Los Cardenales (6 hits), but late-inning runs could not get them caught up to Lara. LF Jonel Pacheco, hitting lead-off, homered and singled for Los Tigres. SS Ronny Cedeno went 1-for-5 and 1B Hector Gimenez walked twice, and scored in the 8th inning after a double and an RBI ground out. Wil Ledezma pitched in relief for Los Tigres, entering the game in the top of the 4th with two runners on and one out. Ledezma induced a double play to end the inning. He gave up a walk in the 5th, but did not let the run score.
Leones del Caracas 5, Caribes de Anzoategui 3
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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.