Checking in on Pirates' players and friends in Thursday's winter league action:
Tiburones de La Guaira 6, Bravos de Margarita 2
Anthony Claggett made the start for Los Bravos, and buzzed through the first four innings, allowing only a walk and a single in the top of the 1st. He retired the side in order for three innings, but got into trouble fast in the 5th. Back-to-back singles to begin the inning, and a wild pitch, put two runners into scoring position with no outs. A sacrifice fly plated one run, and another pair of singles brought in a second run. An intentional walk loaded the bases, and with two outs, Claggett was relieved. The new pitcher, Kristhiam Linares, hit the first two batters he faced with pitches, driving in two runs, and a wild pitch allowed the 5th run of the inning to score -- all charged to Claggett. It was the third loss of the season for Claggett.
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.