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 1/17 — Navarro and Hernandez Power Los Tigres, Four RBI For Scott

  Checking in on Pirates’ players and friends in Tuesday’s winter league action:   PUERTO RICAN LEAGUE Indios de Mayaguez  2,  Criollos de Caguas  o Los Indios took a 2-1 game lead in this best-of-9 series with a shut-out win.  Los Criollos were held to 4 hits.  Two of them were surrendered by Justin Thomas, who made what was for him an unusual start for Los Indios.  Thomas pitched into the 3rd inning.  He...

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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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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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Winter League Playoffs 1/12 — Hernandez On A Roll; Welch Too

Pirates’ players and friends in winter league action on Thursday:   DOMINICAN LEAGUE Gigantes del Cibao  6,  Aguilas Cibaenas  4 A 4-run 5th inning made the difference for Los Gigantes.  Both teams scored 2 runs in the 2nd inning — Los Gigantes with a walk, three singles, and a ground out double play; and Los Aguilas on a solo homer and a walk and two singles.  The scoring in the 5th began with a pair of doubles, and...

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