Checking on a few Pirates' players and friends in Sunday's winter league playoff action:
Tigres de Aragua 5, Caribes de Anzoategui 3
A 4-run top of the 9th gave Los Tigres the win. Los Caribes got the scoring started with a solo home run in each of the first two innings. CF Gorkys Hernandez walked to begin the bottom of the 3rd. He scored on a single and a sacrifice fly. Los Tigres scored one run in the 2nd on a single, an error, and an RBI double. Los Tigres burst out with 4 runs in the top of the 9th. They led off with a walk and a single. A fielding error let the lead runner scored. Jorge Cortes walked to load the bases. An RBI ground out brought in one run, then a sacrifice fly and an error by Hernandez allowed 2 more runs to score. Los Caribes put a runner on third base with a triple in the bottom of the 9th, but could not push him across the plate.
And, Los Aguilas are still winless, falling to Los Tiburones de La Guaira 16 -5....
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.