Winter league action for the Pirates’ players and friends on Saturday night (or Sunday afternoon, for the Aussies) MEXICAN PACIFIC LEAGUE Mayos de Navojoa 2, Venados de Mazatlan 1 Rogelio Noris got back into a game for Los Venados after a few days off. Los Mayos scored 2 runs in the 7th inning, aided by a throwing error Mazatlan. Los Venados scored their only run with two outs in the bottom of the 8th. C Miguel Ojeda...
Checking in with some Pirates’ players and friends in winter league play. VENEZUELAN LEAGUE Cardenales de Lara 4, Caribes de Anzoategui 3 Los Caribes had a 3-2 lead going into the bottom of the 8th. That’s when Los Cardenales took the lead and the win with a 2-run homer. CF Gorkys Hernandez went 1-for-3, with a single in the 5th inning. Navegantes del Magallanes 6, Leones del Caracas 1 Four...
The Caribbean Series wrapped up on Monday, as Mexico (Los Yaquis de Obregon) won the championship with a 4-2 record. Venezuela (Caribes de Anzoategui) finished last, with a 2-4 record. Both the Dominican team (Toros del Este) and the Puerto Rican team (Criollos de Caguas) finished tied for second place with 3-3 records.
Mexico 3, Venezuela 2 – Very compact scoring in this game. Venezuela scored first, with a 2-run homer in the 4th. They rallied again in the 5th, and tried to score on a passed ball, but the runner from third was tagged out in a run-down. Mexico had only 2 hits over the first 5 innings, but came through in the 6th with a double and a single. One run scored on a ground out, and a 2-run homer gave them all the runs they needed. Mexico loaded the bases in the 7th with a walk and two singles, but a ground out ended the inning without further runs scoring.
Dominican Republic 3, Puerto Rico 0 – Dean Treanor’s Dominican team finished the series with a win. They scored 2 runs in the 4th inning. With two outs, a single and a fielding error by Puerto Rican SS Luis Figueroa put two Dominican runners on base. A triple by LF Alejandro De Aza drove both runners in. De Aza began another rally in the 7th with a single up the middle. A bunt moved him to second, and he advanced to third on a ground out, then scored on an RBI single. The Dominicans posted just 6 hits in the game, and they also collected 3 walks. Two Dominican pitchers held Puerto Rico to just 4 hits. Starter Raul Valdes pitched 7.2 scoreless innings, allowing 4 hits and one walk, with 6 strikeouts. He retired 13 straight batters over the middle innings. Reliever Julio Manon earned a save, retiring all 4 batters he faced. Puerto Rico’s best chance came in the 8th, when Valdes gave up a single, had Figueroa reach on a throwing error, and then hit a batter to load the bases. The bases were left loaded though, thanks to Manon.
The Caribbean Series continues on Sunday:
Venezuela 3, Dominican Republic 0 – Dean Treanor’s Dominican team was shut out this afternoon despite posting 8 hits. They managed only one hit over the first three innings, and that base runner was eliminated with a double play. The Dominicans had at least one hit, plus 4 walks over the rest of the game, but only one time (6th inning) got a runner as far as third base. Venezuela scored on a walk, a throwing error on a bunt, and their first single of the game in the 4th inning. They added a solo homer in the 5th, then one more insurance run in the 8th with a walk and two singles.
Puerto Rico 7, Mexico 6 – Puerto Rico began with a run in the bottom of the 1st on a walk and two singles. The Puerto Rican starter, Joey Newby worked around a walk and a single in the 1st, then began the 2nd inning with 3 consecutive walks. He was relieved, but two runs scored on a fielding error by SS Luis Figueroa. Figueroa redeemed himself by driving in two runs with a double in the bottom of the inning, and another RBI single made the score 4-2 for Puerto Rico. Both teams scored 2 runs in the 5th inning. Mexico used a double and three singles, while Puerto Rico used a walk, a double, a single, and a sacrifice fly. A solo homer by Mexico in the top of the 7th brought Mexico within one run of Puerto Rico, for a 6-5 score. But the Puerto Ricans added an insurance run in the bottom of the 8th on a walk and two singles. Three singles again brought Mexico within one run in the top of the 9th, but Puerto Rico was able to cut short their rally and hold on for the win.
The current standings: Puerto Rico and Mexico are tied for first place with 3-2 records. Venezuela and the Dominican are also tied with 2-3 records.
Former Pirate C Carlos Maldonado has signed a minor league contract with the Nationals.
In the Caribbean Series:
Mexico 6, Dominican Republic 3 – The Dominicans were leading 3-1 going into the 8th inning, but Mexico rallied for 2 runs in the top of the inning to tie the score. A single, a wild pitch, and a single brought in the first run before an out was recorded. Then with two outs (from two different relief pitchers), a walk and a single scored the tying run. The Dominicans went down in order in the bottom of the 8th, and the Mexicans came right back to break the tie in the top of the 9th with a 3-run homer. The Dominican Republic put two runners on in the bottom of the 9th, but could not score, and Mexico had the win.
Puerto Rico 4, Venezuela 2 – Two runs in the top of the 10th gave Puerto Rico this win. The Puerto Ricans began the scoring when a throwing error contributed to an unearned run in the 2nd inning. They scored again in the 3rd on a single, a walk by SS LuisFigueroa, a bunt that turned into a ground out at second (but they weren’t fast enough to turn two), and a sacrifice fly. Venezuela got onto the scoreboard in the 5th with a bases-loaded RBI ground out, then tied the score with the help of an error in the 7th inning. Puerto Rico threatened in the top of the 9th, but did not score until the top of the 10th. Figueroa walked, then moved to third on a bunt complicated by a throwing error. A hit batter loaded the bases, and Figueroa crossed the plate on a walk. The next batter also walked, forcing in an insurance run.
Mexico now leads the series with a 3-1 record. Venezuela is last with a 1-3 record, and both the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico are tied at 2-2.