Not too many Pirates' players and friends left in the playoff mix, as winter league action winds down:
VENEZUELAN LEAGUE (best of 7)
Tiburones de La Guaira 9, Tigres de Aragua 1
Los Tiburones evened up the championship series again, at 2 games each, taking a big bite out of Los Tigres. Los Tigres managed only 6 hits with one walk. The only hit that made a difference was CF Jorge Cortes' 8th inning solo homer. Cortes, who is not a huge guy at all, has been very big in this championship series -- this is his 4th home run in the playoffs, and his 3rd in the past 3 games. 1B Hector Gimenez singled in the 4th inning for Los Tigres, but was erased in a double play. Los Tiburones scored 2 runs in the 2nd on a 2-RBI double. Another 2-RBI double and a wild pitch gave Los Tiburones 3 runs in the 4th. They added 4 runs in the 6th with an RBI double and a 3-run homer.
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.