Winter Leagues 11/25 — Wins For Martis And Figueroa

Friday’s Winter League action for Pirates’ players and friends:   DOMINICAN LEAGUE Tigres del Licey  5,  Leones del Escogido  0 3B Andy Marte had one of Los Leones’ 6 hits — a single in the 2nd inning, when Los Leones loaded the bases, but left all three runners stranded.  That was the closest Escogido came to scoring in the game.  Licey scored 2 runs in both the 2nd and 6th innings, and one more in the...

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Winter Leagues 11/11– Cedeno Joins In

Checking in with a few Pirates’ players and friends in Friday’s winter league play :   VENEZUELAN LEAGUE Tigres de Aragua  9,  Tiburones de La Guaira  4 SS Ronny Cedeno went 1-for-3 for Los Tigres in his winter league season debut.  Los Tigres roared loudly in the first four innings, especially in the 5-run 3rd inning.  After a lead-off double in the bottom of the 1st, Cedeno was hit by a pitch, and a single loaded...

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Winter Leagues 11/5 — RBI Double For Noris, 2 Hits For Hague

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...

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Winter Leagues 11/2 — Slow Night

Looking at some Pirates’ players and friends in Winter League play.   DOMINICAN LEAGUE Aguilas Cibaenas  8,  Leones del Escogido  1 Los Aguilas put up 5 runs in the 3rd inning and 3 more in the 4th.  A 3-run homer aided Los Aguilas in the 3rd, and a triple brought in two of the runs in the 4th.  Los Leones’ only run came on a solo homer in the bottom of the 3rd.  3B Andy Marte went 0-for-3 with a walk for Los Leones. ...

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Perth Wins Australian Championship

Perth Heat  7,  Adelaide Bite  1
The Perth Heat dominated the Adelaide Bite in the tie-breaker winner-takes-all third game of the Australian Baseball League championship series.  Pitchers ruled during the first four innings of the game, though the Adelaide bats had no bite for the rest of the game either.  The Bite went down in order in the first two innings, then DH Scott Gladstone singled to lead off the 3rd.  But Gladstone was immediately thrown out trying to steal second base, and the next 9 Bite batters were retired in order.  Perth starter Benjamin Moore hit a batter in the 6th and had a Bite runner reach base on an error in the 7th, but he worked around those runners with ease.  He gave up a single in the 8th, but erased that minor threat with a double play.  Moore allowed two more hits in the 9th, and even though one of those was a solo homer by 3B Stefan Welch, he held on to finish the inning for the complete game.  LF Quincy Latimore went 0-for-4 for the Bite.
Former Altoona Curve hurler Paul Mildren made the start for the Bite, and like Saturday’s starter, he was able to keep the Heat scoreless for 4 innings.  The first inning was a bit tricky.  Mildren gave up a lead-off single, though that runner was caught stealing.  Then a walk and another single put two runners on base.  A timely double play got Mildren and the Bite out of the jam.  Mildren went on to retire the next 10 batters in order, taking him into the 5th inning.  As on Saturday, that’s when things fell apart.  A single, a walk, and a ground out put two runners into scoring position, and a double drove both runners in.  Another single plated the runner from second base, and the Heat had a 3-0 lead.  That was all for Mildren, who was charged with the loss.  He was replaced by the Bite’s top reliever, Dushan Ruzic, who finished the 5th, then retired the Heat in order in the 6th and 7th.  The Heat rallied again in the 8th inning.  A single and a double drove in one run, then a 2-run homer made the score 6-0.  The Heat added one more run on a hit batter, a wild pitch, a passed ball, and a sacrifice fly.  The Bite’s lone run in the top of the 9th was too little, too late, and the Heat had the championship and the Claxton Shield, the traditional trophy of Australian Baseball.

So, that’s the end of the 2010-2011 winter ball…. just in time for Spring Training, as the Pirates’ pitchers and catchers report to Bradenton today! 

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