Team USA Advances To Pan-Am Gold Medal Game

USA 12,  Cuba 10 Team USA advances to the Gold Medal competition in the Pan Am games tomorrow with a win today over the Cuban team.  That means that Cuba will not go on to play for the Gold Medal — for the first time in over 60 years– and the first time since 1967 that Cuba will not come out of the tournament with the Gold. Team USA jumped out to the early lead with 5 runs in the top of the 2nd game, then added 2 more runs...

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Winter Leagues 10/24 — Tough Night For Moreno

Just a little winter league action for Pirates’ players and friends on Sunday: VENEZUELAN LEAGUE Aguilas de Zulia  8,  Caribes de Anzoategui  6 A 5-run inning by Los Aguilas was too much for Los Caribes to overcome.  Zulia scored single runs in the 1st, 3rd, and 6th innings.  Former Pirate C Carlos Maldonado contributed a walk in the 6th.  Los Caribes tied the score with single runs in each of the 5th, 7th, and 8th.  Solo homers...

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Team USA Falls To Mexico

Mexico  3,  USA  2 Team USA fell just short in Saturday’s game against Mexico in the Pan Am tournament.  After three scoreless innings, the US scored a run in the top of the 4th, when RF Brett Carroll (Red Sox) bounced into a double play, scoring 2B Joe Thurston (Marlins) from third base.  Mexico answered with a 2-run homer in the bottom of the inning.  Mexico also scored a run in the 5th.  All three Mexican run came off USA...

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Winter Leagues 10/22 — Cayones Is In; Five Hits For The Martes

Checking in with a few Pirates’ players and friends in winter league action: VENEZUELAN LEAGUE Tigres de Aragua  6,  Leones del Caracas  1 LF Lastings Milledge went 2-for-4 for Los Tigres, and another former Pirate farmhand, 1B Hector Gimenez, also had a hit in this game.  Milledge started the scoring for Aragua, with a double in the 2nd inning.  He came around to score on a sacrifice fly.  A walk and a pair of doubles brought...

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Winter Leagues 10/21– Scoreless Inning For Wood

Pirates’ players and friend in winter league competition: DOMINICAN LEAGUE Toros del Este  6,  Gigantes del Cibao  5 A 2-run homer in the top of the 8th gave Los Toros the come-from-behind win.  Pirate minor leaguer Andy Vasquez came in to pinch run, and he also scored on the home run.  Reliever Tim Wood pitched a scoreless bottom of the inning.  He gave up two singles, and had some help from his center fielder, who threw out...

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Three Hits For Mercer, Team USA Runs Over Panama

USA  11,  Panama  0 US starter Drew Smyly (Tigers) pitched 6 shutout innings to earn the win over Panama in the Pan Am tournament on Friday afternoon.  Smyly allowed just 4 hits and one walk, while striking out 4 batters.  Reliever Matt Shoemaker (Angels) pitched the 7th inning, also scoreless, and allowed one hit and one walk. The game lasted 7 innings because Team USA was leading by more than 10 runs after those 7 innings. ...

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