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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Winter League Playoffs 1/17 — Navarro and Hernandez Power Los Tigres, Four RBI For Scott

  Checking in on Pirates’ players and friends in Tuesday’s winter league action:   PUERTO RICAN LEAGUE Indios de Mayaguez  2,  Criollos de Caguas  o Los Indios took a 2-1 game lead in this best-of-9 series with a shut-out win.  Los Criollos were held to 4 hits.  Two of them were surrendered by Justin Thomas, who made what was for him an unusual start for Los Indios.  Thomas pitched into the 3rd inning.  He...

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Winter League Playoffs 1/16 — Two Hits For Navarro

Just the Dominican and Venezuelan Leagues were playing tonight, with a few Pirates’ players and friends   DOMINICAN LEAGUE Aguilas Cibaenas  3,  Tigres del Licey  1 3B Yamaico Navarro went 2-for-3, but his Tigres managed only 3 other hits in the game.  Los Tigres scored their only run in the bottom of the 1st, on two singles, including one by 2B Anderson Hernandez, and an RBI double.  C Ronny Paulino flied out to right...

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Winter League Playoffs 1/15 — A Loss For Figueroa

Checking on a few Pirates’ players and friends in Sunday’s winter league playoff action:   VENEZUELAN LEAGUE Tigres de Aragua  5,  Caribes de Anzoategui  3 A 4-run top of the 9th gave Los Tigres the win.  Los Caribes got the scoring started with a solo home run in each of the first two innings.  CF Gorkys Hernandez walked to begin the bottom of the 3rd.  He scored on a single and a sacrifice fly.  Los Tigres scored...

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