Checking in on Pirates' players and friends in Tuesday's winter league action:
PUERTO RICAN LEAGUE
Indios de Mayaguez 2, Criollos de Caguas o
Los Indios took a 2-1 game lead in this best-of-9 series with a shut-out win. Los Criollos were held to 4 hits. Two of them were surrendered by Justin Thomas, who made what was for him an unusual start for Los Indios. Thomas pitched into the 3rd inning. He retired Los Criollos in order in the 1st, and gave up a lone single in the 2nd. In the 3rd, he got two outs and gave up a double, then a walk -- then was relieved. Los Indios scored their runs in the 4th inning, when they opened the inning with 3 consecutive singles and a sacrifice fly. A fielder's choice grounder forced out a runner at the plate, but another ...
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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.