A bit of winter league action for Pirates' players and friends for Thursday... The Puerto Rican League has no games scheduled.
Toros del Este 9, Estrellas de Oriente 2
C Dusty Brown was responsible for all both of Los Estrellas' runs, when he blasted a 2-run homer in the 5th inning. LF Jake Fox singled for Los Estrellas but did not score. Los Toros scored early and often, including a pair of 3-run innings. SS Pedro Ciriaco led off the bottom of the 1st with a double into right field. He scored on an RBI single, and after two more singles, two more runs scored. Los Toros scored one run in the 4th, then one in the 5th, when Ciriaco again doubled to lead off the inning. He scored on a sacrifice bunt and an RBI ground out. 1B Matt Hague doubled to lead off the 6th, then scored on an RBI single. A double and a sacrifice fly brought in two more runs. Three singles gave Los Toros their last run in the bottom of the 8th.
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.