A full Saturday night of action in the winter leagues:
Tiburones de La Guaira 9, Tigres de Aragua 5 – Three runs in the bottom of the 8th put the game out of reach for Los Tigres. Aragua put their first run on the board in the top of the 1st, when SS Ronny Cedeno singled, and came around to score on a wild pitch. Los Tiburones took the lead with 2 runs in the bottom of the inning and added their third run in the 2nd. Los Tigres tied the score in the top of the 5th. A single and two walks (one to 1B Hector Gimenez) loaded the bases, then back-to-back sacrifice flies (one by LF Lastings Milledge) brought in two runs. The tie did not last long — two doubles and a 2-run homer gave the lead back to La Guaira in the bottom of the frame. Aragua got within one run again in the 6th, with a walk, a passed ball, an RBI single by Gimenez and an RBI ground out, but it wasn’t enough when La Guaira scored again in their last at-bat. Cedeno singled again in the 8th, and was hit by a pitch. Gimenez walked twice more in the game, and C Raul Chavez singled and walked twice.
Navegantes del Magallanes 6, Caribes de Anzoategui 5 – Two singles and a 2-RBI double in the bottom of the 9th gave Los Navegantes the walk-off win. Los Caribes were onto the scoreboard first with a solo homer in the 2nd. Magallanes scored 3 unearned runs in the bottom of the 3rd, on two errors, three wild pitches by Caribes’ starter Chris Hayes, two walks, and a single. Magallanes added a run in the 4th, on two more walks and a single. LF Jose Tabata led off the top of the 6th for Los Caribes with a double. A single and a ground out drove in Tabata, then a walk, two singles, and a wild pitch gave Los Caribes 3 more runs, for a 5-4 lead. Corey Hamman relieved the Magallanes’ pitcher, and ended the 6th inning with a strikeout. He went on to pitch two more scoreless innings, allowing only one hit, with a total of 3 strikeouts. Tabata singled again and stole second base in the top of the 9th, but was left on base.
Aguilas de Zulia 3, Bravos de Margarita 2 – Jhonathan Ramos suffered the loss for Los Bravos. He had entered the game to finish the bottom of the 7th with a ground out, and the bottom of the 8th began with a batter reaching on a fielding error. A single and a triple brought in 2 runs for Zulia to break a 1-1 tie. Margarita scored an unearned run in the top of the 9th, but a double play ended the game before they could tie the score again.
Just a few game results for the Pirates’ players and friends in Thursday’s winter league action:
MEXICAN PACIFIC LEAGUE
Venados de Mazatlan 3, Yaquis de Obregon 1 — Los Venados’ bats were quiet until the 5th inning, when LF Rogelios Noris followed a one-out walk with a double, giving Mazatlan 2 runners in scoring position. A single by SS Heber Gomez drove in both runners. Obregon got one of the runs back in the top of the 6, but Mazatlan added an insurance run in the bottom of the inning with two singles and a sacrifice fly. CF Jeff Salazar walked twice for Obregon but did not score.
Perth Heat 9, Adelaide Bite 3 — The Bite posted 12 hits, but could only score in one inning, and the Heat sealed their win with a 5-run 8th inning early on Friday morning. Adelaide tried to threaten in the bottom of the 1st. With a runner on 1st after a single and a grounder force out at second, LF Quincy Latimore grounded to third, which resulted in another force out at second, but Latimore safe at first. But Latimore was picked off first to end the inning. Latimore doubled in the 4th inning, but was left on base, as were Bite baserunners in the 2nd, 5th, and 7th innings. Latimore singled in the 6th, but that time he was erased in a double play. Finally in the 8th inning, a double and two singles brought in one run for Adelaide. Latimore followed with another grounder force out at second, which drove in a run and again left Latimore on first base. Another double let him score from first, and that was all the runs Adelaide would score. Perth scored 2 runs in the 2nd on a home run, and 2 more in the 5th on three singles, a walk, and a sacrifice fly. Adelaide pitching fell apart in the top of the 8th, when four walks and a wild pitch aided a double and two singles to bring in 5 runs.
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.
Pirates’ infielder Benji Gonzalez is on the roster for Los Gigantes de Carolina in the Puerto Rican League. He has not been seeing a lot of playing time, but he did get into the game on the 17th, starting at second base. Gonzalez went 0-for-4 and struck out 3 times. Los Indios de Mayaguez beat Los Gigantes 6-5.
Ramon Vazquez has not been playing a lot either. He was at third base for Los Criollos de Caguas on Sunday, and went 0-for-3 with 2 walks. He led off the 4th inning with a walk, and he later scored when another walk with the bases loaded forced him in from third base. Carolina beat Caguas 5-4, when a hit batter forced in the winning run in the bottom of the 10th.
Vazquez went 1-for-3 on Tuesday night, as Los Criollos beat Los Senadores de San Juan 4-1. Caguas scored 2 runs in the bottom of the 1st. Former Indy Indian SS Luis Figueroa singled with one out, then moved to second base on a passed ball. Vazquez walked, then an RBI single plated Figueroa and put Vazquez on third. A sacrifice fly brougth in Vazquez. Figueroa had his second single of the game in the 3rd inning, and he scored on an RBI double. Both Figueroa and Vazquez singled with two outs in the 7th, but that time they were both left on base. A solo home run gave Los Criollos their final run in the 8th. San Juan scored their one run in the top of the 5th.
Pirates’ Rogelios Noris has not gotten into any games for his hometown Venados de Mazatlan in the Mexican Pacific League since he pinch-ran and scored in the game against Guasave on the 14th.
A few winter league games with Pirates’ players and friends on Saturday…
Aguilas de Zulia� 2,� Caribes de Anzoategui� 1�� (Game 1 and Game 2)� – No kidding, the same score in both games.� Zulia recorded 6 hits in both games also.� In the first game, Los Caribes were held to just two hits, and their only run scored on a walk, a ground out, and an RBI double in the 2nd inning.� Zulia scored a run in the 1st on a pair of singles and a throwing error.� The tie-breaker scored in the 4th inning on two singles and a double play.� Adenson Chourio came in to pinch run for Los Caribes in the top of the 7th after a walk.� He got as far as third base on a bunt and a ground out, but was left there when the game ended.� The second game began with Los Aguilas scoring 2 runs on two walks and a 2-RBI single in the 1st inning.� Los Caribes had 7 hits in this game, but still scored only one run, again on two singles and a double play.� Chourio made the start at shortstop in this game, but went 0-for-2 at the plate.
Leones del Caracas� 8,� Tiburones de La Guaira� 6� — A 3-run homer made the difference for Caracas in the 8th inning.� Los Leones scored their first run in the 1st on a walk and an RBI single.� They added 2 more in the 4th, on a double, and two RBI singles, one by C Carlos Maldonado.� Maldonado ended the inning when he was thrown out trying to steal second base — something that would not surprise Indy Indians’ fans.
Navegantes del Magallanes� 4,� Cardenales de Lara� 0� — Los Cardenales posted just 3 hits in the shutout.� Los Navegantes scored 2 runs in the 4th, on three singles, a walk, and two wild pitches.� They added another pair in the 7th, when they got a single and a walk off Lara reliever Romulo Sanchez.� Sanchez was relieved, but two more singles drove in the 2 runs.� DH Mike Ryan went 0-for-3 for Los Navegantes.
Bravos de Margarita� 6,� Tigres de Aragua� 4� — Los Tigres got onto the scoreboard first with 3 runs in the 3rd inning.� A walk and a single opened the inning.� SS Ronny Cedeno struck out, but a wild pitch on strike three let the runners advance one base.� LF Lastings Milledge hit a fielder’s choice to his Pirate teammate 3B Andy LaRoche, who threw to the plate to get the lead runner out.� But moments later, LaRoche’s error at third let a run score, and two mroe runs came in on an RBI single.� Los Bravos came back with 5 runs in the top fo the 4th.� LaRoche hit the middle of three consecutive singles to open the inning, scoring a run.� A walk loaded the bases, and C Henry Blanco cleared them with a grand slam.� Aragua got one run back with a homer in the bottom of the 4th, to make the score 5-4, with Margarita ahead.� Blanco singled in the 9th, and scored again for Margarita, on a fielding error by Cedeno.� Ronald Belisario came on to pitch for Margarita in the 9th inning.� He earned his 5th save, despite giving up two singles, including one to pinch-hitter Hector Gimenez. A double play ended the inning for Belisario.� C Raul Chavez also had a single for Aragua.