Cheering for the Pirates’ players and friends in Tuesday’s winter league action…
I’ll be going on the road for a few days… catch up with everyone at the beginning of next week.
Cardenales de Lara 6, Tigres de Aragua 2 — Los Tigres were held to 5 hits. They scored their 2 runs in the 7th inning on a walk, a triple, and a single. Aragua also had two singles in the 3rd inning but didn’t score, and 3 walks in the 6th, but a double play and a pop out ended that inning without a run scoring. Los Tigres’ only other hit in the game was a double by 1B Hector Gimenez to lead off the 9th inning. Raul Chavez pinch hit in the 9th, but popped out to end the game. Lastings Milledge started the game in left field, and popped out to end the 2nd inning (with no runners on base). He was removed from the game as the bottom half of the inning began, but no explanation was given. CF Jorge Cortes went 0-for-3 for Los Tigres. Former Indy Indian C Alex Delgado had an RBI single in the 4th for Lara, and doubled and scored on a 2-run homer in the 6th.
Bravos de Margarita 2, Navegantes del Magallanes 1 — Pitching ruled for the first 6 innings of this game. Margarita scored a run in the 7th on two singles and added another run in the 8th on a walk and two more singles. Los Navegantes scored just one run, which came in the bottom of the 9th, on a walk and a double. Justin Thomas took the mound in relief for Los Bravos to begin the bottom of the 5th. He worked around a lead-off single for a scoreless 5th, then loaded the bases on two singles, a sacrifice bunt, and an intentional walk to begin the 6th inning. Edgar Martinez relieved Thomas and got a strikeout and pop out to end the inning with the bases still loaded. Ronald Belisario earned his 7th save for Margarita, even though he was responsible for Los Navegantes’ run in the 9th.
Leones del Caracas 5, Caribes del Anzoategui 4 — Four runs in the top of the 9th were not enough for Los Caribes to catch up to Los Leones. Adenson Chourio came into the game to pinch-run in the 9th, with the bases loaded and one run already walked in. A double lined into center field scored the runners from second and third, but Chourio was out at the plate on the throw in from center field. C Carlos Maldonado was the one who tagged out Chourio. Maldonado’s lead-off homer in the 8th gave Caracas what turned out to be the winning run. He also singled in the 2nd and walked in the 6th.
Sunday’s winter league action with the Pirates’ players and friends…
As usual, the Arizona Fall League has Sunday off. Guess who is leading the AFL in RBI? That’s right, it’s OF Andrew Lambo.
The Australian League also has a few days off, with the Adelaide Bite and Quincy Latimore back in action on Wednesday.
Tigres de Aragua 6, Cardenales de Lara 4 — A 4-run 4th inning gave Los Tigres the edge over Los Cardenales. A pair of singles opened the inning, then after a fly out, CF Jorge Cortes loaded the bases with a single into right field. Lara changed pitchers, but he gave up three more singles. The first drove in one run, then SS Ronny Cedeno singled in two more runs. A passed ball put runners onto second and third bases, and RF/LF Lastings Milledge’s single drove in the fourth run of the inning. Los Tigres’ first run came on a solo home run that opened the game in the top of the 1st. Cedeno singled and Milledge walked after the home run, but they did not score in that inning. Aragua added a run on a double and a fielding error in the 2nd inning. Cedeno also singled in the 3rd inning, for a total of 3 hits in the game. C Raul Chavez was hitless in 5 at-bats. Lara also scored one run in the 1st inning, to tie the score. Los Cardenales took a 3-2 lead with 2 runs in the bottom of the 3rd, but that lead lasted only a few minutes, until Aragua scored 4 in the 4th.
Aguilas del Zulia 10, Navegantes del Magallanes 4 — Los Aguilas also had a 4-run inning, the 9th, to cap their scoring and take the win. LF Mike Ryan singled in the 1st inning for Magallanes but did not come around to score. Magallanes scored one run in the 3rd and another in the 4th. In the 9th, Los Navegantes loaded the bases on two singles and a walk, then scored one run on SS Argenis Diaz’s sacrifice fly. Another single plated one more run, but a double play ended the rally.
Los Bravos de Margarita are reporting that manager Luis Dorante has been hospitalized with kidney failure. He will be out for two weeks.
Cheering for Pirates’ players and friends in Thursday’s winter league action….
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Gigantes de Carolina 5, Senadores de San Juan 4 — Los Gigantes plated a run in the bottom of the 11th inning for the walk-off win. Carolina posted 15 hits, and 3 of those were by LF/RF Luis Matos. Benji Gonzalez came into the game to pinch-hit in the 8th inning, when he put down a sacrifice bunt in the rally that tied the game and eventually sent it into extra innings. Gonzalez remained in the game to play second base. He struck out in his only other plate appearance.
Bravos de Margarita 2, Tigres de Aragua 1 — A solo home run by Margarita’s DH Frank Diaz in the bottom of the 9th gave the win to Los Bravos. Los Tigres scored their only run in the 6th inning, when C Raul Chavez singled and came around to score on an RBI double. Margarita tied the score in the 7th with an RBI single. Chavez had a pair of singles in the game. LF Lastings Milledge and CF Jorge Cortes each had a single in the game. 1B Hector Gimenez was 0-for-4. Ronny Cedeno came in to pinch-run for Chavez after his single in the 8th, but did not score. Miguel Perez took over behind the plate for the rest of the game. Margarita’s Andy LaRoche did not get into the game.
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.
The Australians are beginning their third iteration of the Australian Baseball League this weekend.� The Aussies have had two leagues before — both had to shut down due to financial issues.� This time, the ABL is going to be a partnership between MLB and the Australian Baseball Federation.� MLB has been sponsoring the Australian Academy Program since 2001, and several Pirates’ farmhands (Jarryd Sullivan, Mitch Fienemann) have participated.� This academy works with young Australian and Asian players, similar to the work done by the Dominican and other Caribbean academies.
The new ABL has six teams:� the Adelaide Bite (think: shark), the Brisbane Bandits, the Canberra Cavalry, the Melbourne Aces, the Perth Heat, and the Sydney Blue Sox.� The season will run into January, with each team playing 40 games.� Of course Australian players will be featured, but there are some other “imports” as well.� Here’s the official ABL site, and you can see the resemblance to many other US minor league sites.
The good news:� some Pirates’ farmhands are going to be playing
Adelaide Bite:� RHP Mitch Fienemann, LHP Paul Mildren (former Altoona Curve), C Dylan Child, OF Quincy Latimore;� the team manager is Pirate international scout Tony Harris.� Also on the team is a second baseman named Dayle Child…. I’m guessing he’s Dylan’s brother, but I’ve not confirmed it.� The Bite play their first game on Thursday.
Canberra Cavalry: LHP Rinku Singh
Sydney Blue Sox: RHP Jarryd Sullivan
The Calvalry and Blue Sox open on Saturday Nov 6th at 7:30 AEST in Sydney… which is 4:30 am EST in the US, as best as I can tell.� (I will not be up.)
And on to Friday evening’s winter league games: