Checking in on Pirates' players and friends in Thursday's winter league play:
Caribes de Anzoategui 7, Aguilas del Zulia 2
Exicardo Cayones made a start in center field for Los Caribes and scored a run for them. Los Caribes got started with 3 runs in the 1st inning, on 3 singles, a walk, and an RBI ground out. Los Aguilas scored 2 runs in the 4th, with a single, a double, and another RBI ground out. Los Caribes added a run in the 4th inning, aided by a fielding error, and another run in the 7th, with a walk and a double. In the 8th, after a lead-off single, Cayones reached base on a grounder force out. Two wild pitches advanced him to third base, and he crossed the plate on an RBI single. Another single and a sacrifice fly brought in the second run of the inning. Cayones also walked in the 6th inning, but was left on base.
Tiburones de La Guaira 3, Tigres de Aragua 1
A low-scoring game, and low-hitting also, with only 7 ...
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.