Winter Leagues 12/10 — Big Night For Marte and Gimenez

Checking in with Pirates’ players and friends in winter league action….The Puero Rican League has the weekend off.   VENEZUELAN LEAGUE Tiburones de La Guaira  8,  Leones del Caracas  2 Six runs in the top of the 7th inning gave Los Tiburones the win.  Armando Galarraga made the start for Los Leones, and allowed only one run on 3 hits in 5.2 innings.  Galarraga got two outs and surrendered a walk in the 6th, then was...

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Winter Leagues 11/30 — Fox’s Walk-Off RBI, Many Other Hits

Looking in on Pirates’ players and friends in Wednesday’s winter league action:   DOMINICAN LEAGUE Toros del Este  13,  Gigantes del Cibao  4 Los Toros bulldozed Los Gigantes, beginning with a 7-run top of the 1st.  Three consecutive singles opened the game and drove in the first run.  After a throwing error, another single drove in two runs.  1B Matt Hague doubled, then scored on another double.  SS Pedro Ciriaco...

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Winter Leagues 11/22 — New Pirates Diaz and Fox In The Games

After Monday off, the Winter Leagues are back in action, including some Pirates’ players and friends   PUERTO RICAN LEAGUE Leones de Ponce  9,  Criollos de Caguas  6 SS Benji Gonzalez had one hit for Los Leones, a single which loaded the bases in the 2nd inning (none of them scored).  Los Leones scored 4 runs on a pair of 2-run homers in the 3rd inning, then hung on for the win.  Former Pirate farmhand RJ Rodriguez earned...

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Winter Leagues 11/6 — Loss For Leroux, RBI’s For Farrell

Checking on Pirates’ players and friends in Sunday’s winter league play…  The Australian League takes the early part of the week off, so their next games will be on Thursday (their time).   VENEZUELAN LEAGUE Leones del Caracas  6,  Bravos de Margarita  0 It was all Caracas in this game, with Los Bravos posting 6 runs, but leaving 8 batters on base (and Caracas left 14 runners on base).  Los Leones scored 3 runs...

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Winter Leagues 10/25 — Big Hits For Hague, Marte Homers

Looking at some Pirates players and friends in Monday’s winter league action: VENEZUELAN LEAGUE Caribes de Anzoategui  4, Bravos de Margarita  3 A run in the bottom of the 8th broke a 3-3 tie and gave Los Caribes the win, despite being out-hit by Margarita, 11-8.  A walk and a single opened the bottom of the 8th for Los Caribes.  CF Gorkys Hernandez dropped down a bunt, which turned into a force out at third base, leaving...

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