We're counting down to the opening of spring camps, but a few Pirates' players and friends have been busy in the Caribbean Series. This has started as a round robin style tournament, with each team playing two games against each other team.
The Dominican Republic team won their first four games, beating Mexico twice, and both Venezuela and Puerto Rico once. But tonight, the Dominicans (Los Leones del Escogido) were surprised by the Venezuelans, who held the DR to just 5 hits in a 7-0 shutout. Former Pirates played a big role for the Venezuelans -- 1B Hector Gimenez hit a ground rule double and then scored in the 2nd inning for Venezuela (Los Tigres de Aragua). RF Jorge Cortes led off the 3rd inning with a triple, and scored on an RBI single. Cortes also started the big 4-run 5th inning with a walk. He scored on an RBI single, and a 3-run homer gave Venezuela a 6-0 lead. Gimenez capped off the scoring with a solo homer in the 8th.
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.