Winter League Playoffs 1/5– Strong Start For Figueroa, Welch Homers

Checking in on Pirates’ players and friends in Thursday’s winter league play:   VENEZUELAN LEAGUE 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...

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Winter League Playoffs 1/4 — Hernandez Homers

The Puerto Rican League season ends today, with their playoffs beginning over the weekend.  Meanwhile the other Caribbean leagues continue in playoff mode.  In other news, SS Pedro Ciriaco has signed a minor league contract with the Red Sox.   VENEZUELAN LEAGUE Navegantes del Magallanes  3,  Tigres de Aragua  2 Los Navegantes got things going with 2 runs on a walk and 3 singles before an out was recorded in the bottom of the 1st...

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Winter League Playoffs 1/3 — Navarro Gets 3 Hits

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...

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Winter League Playoffs 1/2 — 3 Hits For Ciriaco

The Mexican Pacific League playoffs began yesterday.  This league uses a playoff format like we’re used to seeing in the US leagues.  The top 6 teams are in the playoffs, with #1 Culiacan playing the #6 Navojoa, #2 Mexicali vs. #5 Mochis, and #3 Obregon vs. #4 Hermosillo  in the best-of-7 first round.  Los Venados de Mazatlan, with Pirates’ Rogelio Noris, finished in last place and are eliminated, along with Los Caneros de...

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Winter Leagues — Happy New Year!

The Australians had New Year’s Day games, which of course, were played in the middle of the night for those of us on this side of the globe. Adelaide Bite  3,  Perth Heat  2 Ryan Beckman earned his 6th Save as the Bite and the Heat struggled to get hits — they must have used them up in yesterday’s second game.  Perth scored 2 runs in the 2nd inning with a double and a home run, then scattered just 4 more hits over...

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