Winter League Playoffs 1/23 — Ledezma Earns A Win

Just two playoff games on Monday evening:   VENEZUELAN LEAGUE Tigres de Aragua  2,  Tiburones de La Guaira  0 The Venezuelan League championship series (best-of-7) opened with a shutout by four Aragua pitchers.  After 6 scoreless innings, with 5 hits, from starter Yusmeiro Petit, Wil Ledezma took over on the mound to begin the 7th.   He gave up a single in that inning, and struck out the first batter of the 8th before being...

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Winter League Playoffs 1/22 — Venezuelan Tie Sorted Out

A few Pirates’ players and friends in Sunday’s winter league playoff action:   PUERTO RICAN LEAGUE Indios de Mayaguez  8,  Criollos de Caguas  5 This was the wrap-up of the game that was suspended on Saturday.  When we last left our heros, Mayaguez had scored in 5 consecutive innings, and was leading Los Criollos 8-3.  Justin Thomas had pitched the top of the 8th for Los Indios, and had struck out the side.  The top...

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Winter League Playoffs 1/21– Venezuelan League’s Three-Way Tie; Welch Wins Fan Favorite

Catching up with Pirates’ players and friends in the winter league playoffs on Saturday:   PUERTO RICAN LEAGUE Indios de Mayaguez  8,  Criollos de Caguas  4  — suspended in the 9th inning Los Criollos began the game with 2 runs in the top of the 1st, won a hit batter, an RBI double by SS Luis Figueroa, then another RBI double to drive in Figueroa.  Figueroa scored again in the 5th inning when he beat out a relay throw...

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Winter League Playoffs 1/20 — Homers For Gimenez And Anderson; Two Perfect Innings For Thomas

The Mexican Pacific League and Dominican Leagues both begin their championship playoff series on Saturday  — best of 7 series for the Mexicans, and best of 9 series for the Dominicans.  Meanwhile, the Venezuelan League has only two more days left in the regular season, and the Puerto Rican League is in the middle of their best-of-9 championship series.   PUERTO RICAN LEAGUE Indios de Mayaguez  7,  Criollos de Caguas  4 Los...

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Winter League Playoffs 1/19 — Dominican Aguilas Win Second Place; Homers For Scott And Anderson

A few winter league games on Thursday night, plus the Australians in the early morning:   DOMINICAN LEAGUE Aguilas Cibaenas  5,  Tigres del Licey  4 Los Aguilas took the win, and so took second place in the Dominican League’s round-robin portion of the playoffs.  They will face off against the first-place Leones del Escogido in the championship round.  Los Aguilas took the early lead in this game, with a walk, a single, and...

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Winter League Playoffs 1/18 — Hernandez Scores Lone Run, Moss Has Key RBI

A few Pirates’ players and friends got into Wednesday’s winter league playoff games:   DOMINICAN LEAGUE Aguilas Cibaenas  7,  Gigantes del Cibao  1 Los Aguilas got all the runs they would need in the top of the 1st.  The game began with back-to-back singles, then a hit batter to load the bases.  RF Brandon Moss drove in the lead runner with a sacrifice fly, then an RBI single and an RBI ground out gave Los Aguilas a...

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