A few Pirates' players and friends got into Wednesday's winter league playoff games:
Aguilas Cibaenas 7, Gigantes del Cibao 1
Los Aguilas got all the runs they would need in the top of the 1st. The game began with back-to-back singles, then a hit batter to load the bases. RF Brandon Moss drove in the lead runner with a sacrifice fly, then an RBI single and an RBI ground out gave Los Aguilas a 3-0 lead. Moss added a solo homer in the 3rd, and Los Aguilas scored one run in each of the 5th, 6th, and 7th innings. Moss walked to load the bases in the 7th inning rally, and another sacrifice fly brought in the run. Los Gigantes posted 10 hits, but scored only one run, and that came on a solo homer in the 2nd. Nine Gigantes' base runners were left stranded, while two were caught stealing and two more were picked off base.
That concludes the round-robin portion of the Dominican League playoffs. Los Leones del Escogido finished in first place with...
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.