Winter League Update 10/12 : Noris’ Grand Slam

Looking at Pirates’ players and friends in winter league play…. MEXICAN PACIFIC LEAGUE Venados de Mazatlan  16,  Tomateros de Culiacan  2 Culiacan had the early lead with 2 runs in the 2nd inning.  Former Pirate LF Luis Cruz walked and scored in that inning.  But it was all Mazatlan after that.  A sacrifice fly and a 2-run homer gave Los Venados a 3-2 lead in the 3rd.  All was quiet until the 7th, when two walks and a...

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Mercer And Team USA Rained Out Again

Tonight’s World Cup/Pan Am tournament game between the Team USA and Venezuela has been postponed due to rain in Panama. Team USA is scheduled to play Australia on Thursday and and South Korea on Friday.  They will probably be able to do a make-up game on Saturday.

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Caribbean Leagues Getting Started

The Caribbean League seasons are getting underway, and there are many Pirates and former Pirates on the rosters. The Mexican Pacific League opened their season on Tuesday night.  OF Rogelios Noris, who spent the 2011 American season with the West Virginia Power, is again playing for his hometown Venados de Mazatlan.  Los Venados opened their season with a 5-1 loss to Los Tomateros de Culiacan.  Noris went 1-for-3 with a single in the...

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Two Hits For Mercer, But Team USA Loses To Cuba

Cuba 8,  USA 7 SS Jordy Mercer was back in the lineup for Team USA, but even his two hits were not enough to help the US overcome Cuba. With Jeff Marquez (Yankees) on the mound for the US, Cuba got going with 3 runs in the bottom of the 1st.  Back-to-back singles opened the inning, then a wild pitch put both runners into scoring position.  A single up the middle drove in both runners, then two more singles loaded the bases, still with...

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Team USA Heads To Round Two

USA  5,  Panama  0 It took a near-miracle, but Team USA is heading to Round Two of the World Cup/Pan Am tournament.  After Team USA’s loss to Canada on Sunday afternoon, two things needed to happen for the US to advance to the second round.  The easier condition was that Team USA was going to have to beat host-team Panama on Monday, a game that had been postponed due to rain earlier in the week.  The tougher condition:  Chinese...

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Team USA On The Edge With A Loss To Canada

Canada 6,   USA  1 Two 3-run innings gave Canada the win over Team USA, and put the US on the edge of being eliminated from the World Cup/Pan Am tournament. Starter and former Pirate farmhand Todd Redmond retired the first three batters he faced in order, but quickly got into trouble in the top of the 2nd.  A lead-off walk, a single, and a 3-run homer gave Canada a 3-0 lead.  Redmond gave up one hit (a double) over the next two...

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