Checking in on Pirates' players and friends in Tuesday's winter league action:
Leones del Escogido 3, Estrellas de Oriente 2
CF Starling Marte led off the bottom of the 11th inning with a triple into left field, then scored on an RBI single for Los Leones' walk-off win. Marte also tripled in the 4th inning, driving in Los Leones' first run, then scored on another single. A double, a fielding error, and a single gave Los Estrellas one run in the 3rd. They tied the score in the top of the 9th with two singles, including one by LF/C Jake Fox. The lead runner scored from third base on a double play. Fox was 1-for-4 and struck out 3 times. C Dusty Brown made the start behind the plate for Los Estrellas, but was replaced by a pinch-hitter 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.