Checking in on Pirates' players and friends in Thursday's winter league action:
Gigantes del Cibao 7, Toros del Este 3
Two 3-run innings gave Los Gigantes the win in a "play in" game after the regular Dominican League season ended yesterday. Los Toros began the game with 2 runs in the top of the 1st. A lead-off double, and an RBI single by SS Pedro Ciriaco brought in the first run. An error, a bunt, and a single plated Ciriaco with the second run. A 3-run homer gave Los Gigantes a 6-2 lead in the bottom of the 2nd, and they scored 3 more runs in the 6th with back-to-back solo homers, including one by former Pirate C Robinzon Diaz. Each team scored a run in the 8th inning. The two teams finished the regular season with identical 24-26 records, and the win gives Los Gigantes a spot in the Dominican League play offs. Los Aguilas Cibaenas finished in first place with a 30-20 record. Los Tigres del Licey and Los Leones del Escogido finished tie...
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.