Winter League Playoffs 1/21– Venezuelan League’s Three-Way Tie; Welch Wins Fan Favorite

Catching up with Pirates’ players and friends in the winter league playoffs on Saturday:   PUERTO RICAN LEAGUE Indios de Mayaguez  8,  Criollos de Caguas  4  — suspended in the 9th inning Los Criollos began the game with 2 runs in the top of the 1st, won a hit batter, an RBI double by SS Luis Figueroa, then another RBI double to drive in Figueroa.  Figueroa scored again in the 5th inning when he beat out a relay throw...

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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 1/16 — 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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