Winter Leagues 10/14-15 — Hague Hits, Hernandez Gets Hit

Catching up with the Pirates’ players and friends in the winter leagues: MEXICAN PACIFIC LEAGUE Algodoneros de Guasave  7,  Venados de Mazatlan  4 A 6-run 3rd inning gave Guasave a lead they would not give up on Friday, despite a 3-run 8th by Los Venados.  There were two homers in the 3rd for Guasave and two in the 8th for Mazatlan.  LF Rogelio Noris went 0-for-3 with a walk.  Former Pirate LF Yurendell de Caster singled and...

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World Cup Ends With Rain Out For Team USA

Rain and poor field conditions forced the International Baseball Federation to cancel the World Cup Tournament’s Bronze Medal game this afternoon in Panama.  Team USA and Team Canada were tied with 4-3 records after Round Two.  The Federation declared both teams tied for third place in the final standings, though they have yet to decide what to do about actually awarding bronze medals.  Canada had a 6-1 record in Round One,...

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Team USA Defeats South Korea And Venezuela; Mercer Homers

USA  3,  South Korea  1 Three US pitchers combined to hold South Korea to just one run on 4 hits this afternoon in World Cub/Pan Am tournament Second Round play.  Matt Shoemaker (Angels) made the start for the US and hurled 5 shutout innings.  He allowed just a double over the first 4 of those innings.  In the 5th, with two outs, Shoemaker gave up a single and a walk, but ended the inning with a fly out. Team USA got off to a solid...

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Winter Leagues 10/13

Pirates’ players and friends in winter league play:   VENEZUELAN LEAGUE Tiburones de La Guaira  4,  Caribes de Anzoategui  3 Los Tiburones had a 4-0 lead going in to the bottom of the 5th, after a solo homer in the 3rd and 3 more runs on 5 singles in the 4th.  Los Caribes scratched out one run in the 5th, on a single, a stolen base, and a wild pitch.  They rallied again in the 6th, beginning with a lead-off double by CF...

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Team USA Beats Australia In Pitching Duel

USA  2,  Australia  1 US starter Drew Smyly (Tigers) and Australian starter Clayton Tanner dueled through 5 scoreless innings this afternoon in World Cup/Pan Am tournament play.  Tanner allowed Team USA 4 hits scattered over the first 5 innings, while Smyly gave the Australians 4 hits in return.  Australia had 2 batters on base in the 4th after a pair of 2-out singles, but a grounder force out at second base ended the inning.  Jeff...

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