Daily Archives: December 15, 2009
If you're already dreaming about the upcoming season (which begins in just 15 weeks, in case you haven't been counting), milb.com urges you to consider a road trip right here in Indiana. You can visit Victory Field to see our Indianapolis Indians, then continue on to the Fort Wayne Tin Caps (Padres) and the South Bend Silver Hawks (Diamondbacks), both in the Midwest League.
Some signing updates: Former Pirate/Indy Indian RHP TJ Beam has signed a minor league contract with the Diamondbacks for 2010. LHP Juan Perez has signed with the Dodgers. 1B Chris Richard has resigned with the Rays. Former Indy Indian (2004) C Chris Coste has signed a minor league contract with the Mets, and we may see him again when the Buffalo Bison are in town.
The Pirates have resigned C Milver Reyes to a minor league contract. Reyes was with the Altoona Curve for the 2009 season, though he also spent a lot of time on the disabled list. Despite only getting into 14 games, he hit .282. He had only 11 hits in the season (11-for-39) but 5 of the hits --nearly half-- were doubles. Reyes will probably be back in Altoona in 2010.
I found this interesting: The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees have had a lot of problems with drainage on their field -- or rather, the lack of drainage. The least bit of rain had them trying to play in a swamp. So, they have had a total make-over of their playing surface this fall, beginning just after the last game was played. You can see some photos of the process at the International League's page.
Not much winter league action on Monday evening...
Cardenales de Lara 8, Tiburones de La Guaira 5
Four runs in the 5th inning gave Lara the edge, and three former Pirates' pitchers got into this game. Lara's Romulo Sanchez earned the win with 2.1 innings of work. He entered the game in the 6th inning, with one run in, the bases loaded, and one out, and ended the inning with a strikeout and a ground out. Sanchez pitched a scoreless 7th inning, but loaded the bases with two singles and a walk in the 8th, and was responsible for the run that scored on a ground out. Another walk loaded the bases again, and Sanchez was relieved. Former Indy Indian Giovanni Carrara pitched 1.2 innings for Lara. He finished the 4th inning, and gave up a run in the 5th on a single, a fielding error, and a passed ball. Ronald Belisario pitched one scoreless inning for La Guaira, and allowed just one hit.