Winter League Playoffs 1/7 — Singh Takes Loss; Hernandez Sparks Los Caribes

The Caribbean playoffs continue on Saturday evening, and the Australian early Sunday games have started….   VENZUELAN LEAGUE Caribes de Anzoategui  15,  Navegantes del Magallanes  3 A 7-run 7th inning pushed the game way out of the reach of Los Navegantes.  CF Gorkys Hernadez got the party started for Los Caribes when he walked in the top of the 1st, then scored two singles later.  Los Navegantes tied the score in the...

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Winter Leagues 12/30 — Walk-Off Steal? And Anderson Homers

The Mexican Pacific League and the Venezuelan League both wrap up regular season play today.  The Puerto Rican League takes the next three days off, then finishes up their season on Jan 3rd and 4th.  The Dominican League will take a couple of days off, then resume their playoffs on Monday.   Happy New Year!   VENEZUELAN LEAGUE Tigres de Aragua  4,  Aguilas del Zulia  1  (Game 1) Los Aguilas out-hit los Tigres 8-7, but managed...

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Winter Leagues 12/23 — Cayones Is Running

A few Pirates’ players and friends in Friday’s winter league action… the Australian League is taking the holiday weekend off.  They will be back in action next weekend.  The Dominican League is off until their playoffs start in January.   VENEZUELAN LEAGUE Caribes de Anzoategui  3,  Leones del Caracas  2 Los Caribes were out-hit 10-4, but they made good use of their hits.  Los Leones scored an unearned run in...

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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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Leach’s First Win In Marauders’ Hit-Fest

The Pirates have signed 23rd round draft pick RHP Jordan Cooper to a contract.  He had been a pitcher for Kentucky, and that experience might get him a start at State College.  Here is a list of all the 2011 draft picks, with notations for which ones have signed.  

Friday’s game action:

Harrisburg Senators  2,  Altoona Curve  0
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A 2-run homer in the bottom of the 10th broke the scoreless tie for the only scoring in this pitching duel.  Jeff Locke pitched 6 scoreless frames for the Curve, scattering 3 singles and a walk over his first 3 innings.  The he retired the Senators in order for the next 3 innings.  He threw 78 pitches (48 strikes) in those 6 innings.  Bryan Morris pitched a scoreless 7th, allowing just a single.  That base runner moved to second base on a balk, which started an argument by Altoona manager PJ Forbes — and resulted in Forbes being ejected. Michael Dubee, back with the Curve after some time with Indianapolis, gave up a lone single in the 8th, and Noah Krol allowed a single and a walk in the 9th, but both kept the Senators from scoring.

But the Curve weren’t scoring either.  They pounded out 7 hits, including two by SS Jordy Mercer.  Mercer’s triple i n the 7th was the only extra-base hit for the Curve, and the only time that a Curve base runner reached as far as third base.  RF Andrew Lambo also walked twice.  CF Starling Marte opened the game with a single, but was thrown out at second after Mercer’s strikeout.  1B Matt Curry and LF Brad Chalk both singled in the 2nd, but Curry was picked off second base, and Chalk was thrown out trying to steal second.  2B Brock Holt singled in the 4th, and pinch-hitter Anthony Norman singled in the 10th and stole second base.  

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