Happy Thanksgiving to all!
Everyone has probably seen that Zach Duke has been traded to Arizona for a player to be named later.
Also, former Pirate Bryan Bullington, who was removed from the Kansas City Royals’ 40-man roster last week, was released by the Royals yesterday. Then Bullington signed a contract to play in Japan for the Hiroshima Toyo Carp for 2011.
Cheering for Pirates’ players and friends in the winter leagues on Wednesday…..
Tiburones de La Guaira 4, Bravos de Margarita 1 (Game 1) — This was supposed to be a 7-inning game, but the score was still tied at 1-1 after 7. A bases-loaded walk forced in Los Bravos’ run in the bottom of the 1st. Los Tiburones tied the score with a run on a single, a ground out, and another single in the 3rd. Anthony Claggett had pitched a scoreless 7th inning — he gave up a single, but then picked the base runner off first. But he started the top of the 8th with a single and a sacrifice bunt, and was then relieved. The next pitcher loaded the bases with a pair of walks, then he was relieved too. Two singles and a sacrifice fly brought in 3 runs for Los Tiburones, with the first one charged to Claggett, making him responsible for the loss. Margarita won the second game 3-0, holding Los Tiburones to just 3 hits in the 7-inning game. Former Pirate farmhand Ronald Belisario allowed one of the hits along with a walk in the 7th inning, earning his 8th save.
Tigres de Aragua 7, Navegantes del Magallanes 5 — Both SS Ronny Cedeno and 1B Hector Gimenez hit 2-run homers for Los Tigres in this win. Gimenez’s blast got Aragua going in their 4-run 1st inning, and Cedeno’s homer made the score 6-1 in the 2nd inning. Gimenez also doubled in the game. CF Jorge Cortes walked and scored for Los Tigres, and C Raul Chavez was 0-for-3 at the plate.
Sunday’s winter league action with the Pirates’ players and friends…
As usual, the Arizona Fall League has Sunday off. Guess who is leading the AFL in RBI? That’s right, it’s OF Andrew Lambo.
The Australian League also has a few days off, with the Adelaide Bite and Quincy Latimore back in action on Wednesday.
Tigres de Aragua 6, Cardenales de Lara 4 — A 4-run 4th inning gave Los Tigres the edge over Los Cardenales. A pair of singles opened the inning, then after a fly out, CF Jorge Cortes loaded the bases with a single into right field. Lara changed pitchers, but he gave up three more singles. The first drove in one run, then SS Ronny Cedeno singled in two more runs. A passed ball put runners onto second and third bases, and RF/LF Lastings Milledge’s single drove in the fourth run of the inning. Los Tigres’ first run came on a solo home run that opened the game in the top of the 1st. Cedeno singled and Milledge walked after the home run, but they did not score in that inning. Aragua added a run on a double and a fielding error in the 2nd inning. Cedeno also singled in the 3rd inning, for a total of 3 hits in the game. C Raul Chavez was hitless in 5 at-bats. Lara also scored one run in the 1st inning, to tie the score. Los Cardenales took a 3-2 lead with 2 runs in the bottom of the 3rd, but that lead lasted only a few minutes, until Aragua scored 4 in the 4th.
Aguilas del Zulia 10, Navegantes del Magallanes 4 — Los Aguilas also had a 4-run inning, the 9th, to cap their scoring and take the win. LF Mike Ryan singled in the 1st inning for Magallanes but did not come around to score. Magallanes scored one run in the 3rd and another in the 4th. In the 9th, Los Navegantes loaded the bases on two singles and a walk, then scored one run on SS Argenis Diaz’s sacrifice fly. Another single plated one more run, but a double play ended the rally.
Los Bravos de Margarita are reporting that manager Luis Dorante has been hospitalized with kidney failure. He will be out for two weeks.
Just a few Pirates’ players and friends saw winter league action on Friday…
Gigantes del Cibao 9, Toros del Este 4 — This game was a little home run derby. Los Toros scored their only runs in the top of the 3rd inning, on a pair of 2-run homers, each one following a double. SS Pedro Ciriaco tripled in the 4th inning, but did not score. Mike Dubee pitched the 7th inning for Los Gigantes, and he allowed Los Toros only a walk in the scoreless inning. Los Gigantes scored one run on a solo homer in the 2nd, then had three solo homers in the bottom of the 3rd. They also added a run in the 5th and 4 more in the 7th, but without needing the long ball.
Navegantes del Magallanes 6, Tiburones de La Guaira 3 — Three runs in the top of the 10th broke a 3-3 tie and gave Magallanes the win. LF Mike Ryan led off the inning with a single up the middle, and he was replaced by a pinch-runner. Another single and a double drove in two runs, and the third single of the inning brought in the third run. La Guaira could only manage one single in the bottom of the inning, and Los Navegantes had the win. Los Navegantes scored their first 2 run in the 6th, when they loaded the bases on a single, a throwing error, and an intentional walk to Ryan. A single and another error pushed 2 runs across the plate. A triple and an RBI single gave them one more run in the 7th. Argenis Diaz came in to pinch run for Los Magallanes in the bottom of the 9th, but did not score. He remained in the game at shortstop, and struck out in his only plate appearance.
Bravos de Margarita 3, Caribes de Anzoategui 1 — Justin Thomas pitched a hitless but wild 4.1 innings in his start for Los Bravos. He struck out 4 batters, but walked 5 and was responsible for Los Caribes’ only run. After retiring the side in the top of the 1st, Thomas walked one in the 2nd, but erased him with a double play. He walked 2 batters in the 3rd and left both on base. One walk in the 4th, also left on base. One more walk to lead off the 5th inning, then a fly out, and Thomas was relieved by Renee Cortez. Cortez gave up another walk and two singles, allowing the runner Thomas had walked to score. Los Bravos scored 2 runs in the 4th inning on two singles and a double, then added one more in the 7th, on a solo home run by C Henry Blanco.
A few roster moves by the Pirates today:
Several players have been removed from the 40-man roster and outrighted to AAA Indianapolis:� LHP Justin Thomas, RHP Sean Gallagher, RHP Steven Jackson, 1B Jeff Clement, and OF Brandon Moss.
Of these, Thomas, Jackson, and Moss are now all free to declare themselves minor league free agents.� Clement does not have enough service time to get to be a free agent, so he’s “stuck” on the Indianapolis roster.� He’s had knee surgery, and hopes to be ready by spring training.� Gallagher does have the service time, but the Pirates are probably negotiating with him to try to keep him.
LHP Wil Ledezma has signed a one-year contract with the Pirates for 2011.
RHP Jose Ascanio and 1B Steve Pearce (who has also had knee issues) are officially off the DL and back on the 40-man roster.� RHP Ross Ohlendorf also falls into this category.
On to Wednesday’s winter league action, with Pirates’ players and friends:
PUERTO RICAN LEAGUE
Senadores de San Juan� 4,� Gigantes de Carolina� 3� — San Juan rallied from a 3-1 deficit to score one run in the 5th and 2 runs in the 6th for the win.� Los Gigantes scored one run in the 4th on a double and a single.� They added 2 runs in the 5th, on two singles, an error, a walk, and a sacrifice fly.� Benji Gonzalez made a pinch-hitting appearance for Los Gigantes in the 8th inning, but flied out.� He remained in the game at third base for the final inning.
Criollos de Caguas� 4,� Indios de Mayaguez� 0� — 3B Ramon Vazquez and SS Luis Figueroa each had one hit for Los Criollos in their win.� Vazquez’s single in the 5th drove in one of Los Criollos’ runs.� They also scored 2 runs in the 4th on two singles and two errors, and another run in the 6th on two singles and a sacrifice fly.
Cheering for Pirates’ players and friends in the winter leagues on Tuesday…
PUERTO RICAN LEAGUE
Criollos de Caguas� 8,� Senadores de San Juan� 2� — Former Indy Indian SS Luis Figueroa was just a homer away from hitting for the cycle, with 3 of Los Criollos’ 15 hits.� 3B Ramon Vazquez also had a hit for Caguas.� Figueroa doubled in the 1st inning but was left on base.� He singled in the 3rd and scored on an RBI double in the 4-run 3rd inning, then he tripled a run in and scored in the 2-run 4th inning.� Caguas also scored one run in the 2nd and the 8th innings.
Toros del Este� 6,� Tigres del Licey� 4� — Los Toros posted a pair of 3-run innings to take the win.� They scored on three walks and two doubles in the 4th inning, and on two walks and three singles in the 5th, complicated by a throwing error by Los Tigres’ C Robinzon Diaz.� Diaz had one hit for Licey, a single in the 8th inning, after a solo home run.� 1B Jake Fox also had one single for Los Tigres, but did not score.
Aguilas Cibaenas� 8,� Leones del Escogido�� 7� — Another hit-fest, with Los Aguilas recording 12 hits and Los Leones piling up 17.� LF Starling Marte had one hit for Los Aguilas, a single to load the bases in the 5th.� A strikeout ended that inning without a run scoring.� He also reached base on fielding error in the 2nd inning, which allowed a run to score.� Los Aguilas’ biggest inning was the 3rd, when DH Eric Patterson hit a grand slam.� Luke Carlin came into the game to catch for Los Aguilas in the 9th inning, but did not get a plate appearance.� Los Aguilas scored again in the 4th and 6th innings, and had an 8-2 lead going into the bottom of the 7th.� Los Leones scored 3 runs in the 7th, plus one more in each of the 8th and 9th innings, but still came up short.
Cardenales de Lara� 5,� Navegantes del Magallanes� 4� — Three runs in the bottom of the 8th inning gave Lara the win.� A walk and two singles brought in the first two runs, to tie the game.� Jean Machi came on in relief for Los Navegantes, and he was able to prevent a run from scoring by fielding a come-backer and firing it back to the plate, to make the out at the plate. But a passed ball allowed the next runner on third base to score the go-ahead run.� Magallanes had scored 3 runs in the top of the 1st on a walk and three doubles, including a double by 1B Mike Ryan.� A home run added another run in the 6th.�� SS Argenis Diaz singled in the 2nd inning and walked to lead off the 7th inning for Magallanes, but did not score.� Former Pirate Romulo Sanchez pitched 1.2 innings for Lara.� He entered the game in the top of the 6th after the home run, with one runner on base and no outs.� He got a double play, then gave up a single before ending the inning with a ground out.� He walked Diaz and gave up a single in the 7th inning.