The playoffs continue in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic, with a few Pirates' players and friends...
PUERTO RICAN LEAGUE
Criollos de Caguas 5, Leones de Ponce 4
Ponce scored early, but Los Criollos came from behind to take the win. Los Leones' first batter of the game put them onto the scoreboard with a solo home run. The 2nd inning began with a single, followed by a 2-run homer. After a triple, SS Benji Gonzalez brought in Los Leones' final run with a sacrifice fly. Gonzalez also singled in the 4th inning, but was erased in a double play. Los Leones put at least one runner on base in all but two of their remaining innings, but could not bring anyone around to score. Los Criollos missed out on opportunities in the first three innings, but began their scoring with a solo home run in the 4th. A 3-run homer in the 5th inning tied the score at 4-4. They took the lead in the bottom of the 6th with yet another home run, and held on for the win.
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.