Winter Leagues 12/28 — Ledezma Earns First Win; Dominican Playoffs

Looking in on a few Pirates’ players and friends in winter league action:   VENEZUELAN LEAGUE  Tigres de Aragua 6,  Leones del Caracas  3 Wil Ledezma was the pitcher of record when Los Tigres took a lead they would not surrender in the 6th inning.  Los Tigres got onto the scoreboard first, with a run in the 3rd by CF Jorge Cortes.  Cortes led off with a single, then came around to score on a single and a bunt with a...

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Winter Leagues 12/27 — Valdez Pitches Well But Gets The Loss

Just the Venezuelan and Puerto Rican Leagues in action on Tuesday night, with a few Pirates’ players and friends getting in on the fun.   VENEZUELAN LEAGUE Cardenales del Lara  4,  Tigres de Aragua  2 Former Pirate Romulo Sanchez earned the win for Los Cardenales, throwing 2.2 scoreless innings.  Sanchez entered the game immediately after Los Tigres scored their 2 runs in the 6th inning, on two singles, a sacrifice fly, and...

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Winter Leagues 12/26 — RBI And Big Run For Hernandez

Hope everyone had a great holiday weekend… Monday brought a quiet night in winter league action.  The Dominican League is done with the regular season and awaiting playoffs.  The Puerto Rican League is still on holiday break, as is the Australian League.  Rogelio Noris continues to get only sporadic playing time with Mazatlan in the Mexican Pacific League.  The Venezuelan League had an almost-full schedule, but only one game...

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Winter Leagues 12/23 — Cayones Is Running

A few Pirates’ players and friends in Friday’s winter league action… the Australian League is taking the holiday weekend off.  They will be back in action next weekend.  The Dominican League is off until their playoffs start in January.   VENEZUELAN LEAGUE Caribes de Anzoategui  3,  Leones del Caracas  2 Los Caribes were out-hit 10-4, but they made good use of their hits.  Los Leones scored an unearned run in...

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Winter Leagues 12/22 Hernandez Homers

Checking in on Pirates’ players and friends in Thursday’s winter league action:   DOMINICAN LEAGUE Gigantes del Cibao  7,  Toros del Este  3 Two 3-run innings gave Los Gigantes the win in a “play in” game after the regular Dominican League season ended yesterday.  Los Toros began the game with 2 runs in the top of the 1st.  A lead-off double, and an RBI single by SS Pedro Ciriaco brought in the first run. ...

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Winter Leagues — 12/21 Brother Vs. Brother

Now that it’s officially winter here…. a few Pirates’ players and friends in the Caribbean Leagues   DOMINICAN LEAGUE Toros del Este  4,  Aguilas Cibaenas  2 SS Pedro Ciriaco singled twice for Los Toros, while his brother 3B Audy doubled for Los Aguilas.   Pedro singled and stole second base in the 1st inning, but did not score.  He was caught stealing after his single in the 7th inning.  Los Toros scored 2 runs...

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