A few Pirates' players and friends in Sunday's winter league playoff action:
PUERTO RICAN LEAGUE
Indios de Mayaguez 8, Criollos de Caguas 5
This was the wrap-up of the game that was suspended on Saturday. When we last left our heros, Mayaguez had scored in 5 consecutive innings, and was leading Los Criollos 8-3. Justin Thomas had pitched the top of the 8th for Los Indios, and had struck out the side. The top of the 9th began with a new reliever for Los Indios, who gave up a single, an RBI double, and another single, leaving runners on the corners with no outs. When the game resumed, the first batter bounced back to the mound, where reliever Kyle Smit (Cubs) made a great scoop and fired to second, beginning a double play. The runner on third had to hold there, but he scored when the next batter singled. That was all, though, as a pop up ended the game. Los Indios now have a 4 games to 2 lead in the best-of-9 game series.
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.