Looking in on Pirates' players and friends in Saturday's winter league playoff games:
Leones del Escogido 5, Aguilas Cibaenas 2
Los Leones again took the lead in this best-of-9 series, with this win over Los Aguilas. Los Leones now lead 4 games to 3, and need one more win to take the championship. Los Aguilas were first onto the scoreboard with 2 runs in the top of the 1st. After a single and a balk, a fielding error allowed the first run to score, and an RBI single drove in the second run. Los Aguilas put runners on base in several other innings, including a single by RF Brandon Moss in the 3rd, but could not push any more runs across. Los Leones scored one run in the 2nd inning and tied the score with another run in the bottom of the 3rd. They added 2 runs in the 5th and one more in the 8th for insurance. 2B/SS Pedro Ciriaco went 0-for-3 for Los Aguilas.
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.