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 1/20 — 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 1/18 — 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 1/14 — Two Doubles For Gimenez

Saturday’s action with the Pirates’ players and friends:   VENEZUELAN LEAGUE Tigres de Aragua  5,  Caribes de Anzoategui  2 Two doubles by 1B Hector Gimenez accounted for 3 of Los Tigres’ 4 runs in the first two innings.  In the top of the 1st, Gimenez followed a single with his first double, driving in a run.  Another single brought in Gimenez with the second run of the inning.  The top of the 2nd began with...

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