Catching up with the Pirates’ players and friends in the winter leagues:
MEXICAN PACIFIC LEAGUE
Algodoneros de Guasave 7, Venados de Mazatlan 4
A 6-run 3rd inning gave Guasave a lead they would not give up on Friday, despite a 3-run 8th by Los Venados. There were two homers in the 3rd for Guasave and two in the 8th for Mazatlan. LF Rogelio Noris went 0-for-3 with a walk. Former Pirate LF Yurendell de Caster singled and doubled for Guasave.
Venados de Mazatlan 13, Algodoneros de Guasave 1
Los Venados pounded Guasave with 18 hits and an 8-run 5th inning. RF Rogelio Noris doubled in the 5th, driving in one run, then scored on another double. Mazatlan batters doubled four times and homered in that inning. The versatile Yurendell de Caster, who played left and right fields and also first base for Guasave in this game, singled twice, but did not score.
Tiburones de La Guaira 13, Caribes de Anzoategui 4
Los Tiburones took a bite out of Los Caribes on Friday night, breaking a 4-4 tie with a 9-run 7th inning. Fifteen Tiburones’ batters came to the plate in that inning, which included two homers, one double, 5 singles, 4 walks, one error, and four Caribes’ pitchers. CF Gorkys Hernandez went 0-for-2, then was hit in the left side of the face by a pitch. He came out of the game and needed stitches on the inside of his mouth.
Leones del Caracas 10, Cardenales de Lara 3
Los Leones were in control for the whole game on Friday, after posting 8 runs in the bottom of the 1st. Former Pirate farmhand Ronald Uviedo earned his first win of the winter season with 5 shut-out innings for Caracas, allowing 4 hits and one walk, while striking out 5 Cardenales. C Ramon Cabrera pinch-hit in the 7th inning and doubled but did not score. He finished the game behind the plate.
Tigres de Aragua 11, Bravos de Margarita 4
LF Lastings Milledge singled twice, walked twice, scored 3 runs, and contributed 2 RBI for Los Tigres on Friday. He walked and scored in the 3-run 1st inning, and singled to drive in a run in the 2nd. In the 6th, he was intentionally walked and scored on C Vinny Rotino’s (Marlins) 3-run homer. In the 7th, Milledge drove in another run with his second single, then scored when Rotino doubled. Reliever Jhonathan Ramos pitched to one batter to finish the 4th inning for Los Bravos, getting a line out. Former Pirate reliever Ronald Belisario pitched a scoreless 8th inning for Margarita, allowing a single and a walk.
Navegantes del Magallanes 9, Bravos de Margarita 0
Anthony Claggett suffered the loss for Los Bravos, when he allowed 8 runs (6 earned) on 10 hits and a walk over just 3.2 innings on Saturday night. Claggett gave up 3 runs in the bottom of the 1st, on a single and two doubles, plus a throwing error. He surrendered a solo homer in the 2nd. Two singles and a triple brought in 2 more runs in the 3rd. A 2-run homer brought Magellanes to 8 runs in the 4th, then after another single, Claggett was sent to the showers. Magellanes’ SS Argenis Diaz was one of only two batters who did not get a hit off Claggett.
Caribes de Anzoategui 6, Leones del Caracas 3
CF Gorkys Hernandez was right back in action on Saturday, despite stitches in his mouth after being hit by a pitch on Friday. He went 0-for-3 at the plate, but drove in a run in the 6th inning with a sacrifice fly. Los Caribes also posted a 5-run 4th inning.
Finally got the more complete roster info:
Leones de Escogido — the Martes — OF Starling Marte and INF Andy Marte
Estrellas de Oriente — managed by Louisville manager Rick Sweet — P Luis Santos (DSL Pirates) and former Indy Indian and Altoona Curve OF Rich Thompson
Gigantes del Cibao — former Pirates P Juan Perez and C Robinzon Diaz
Toros del Este — managed by Indy manager Dean Treanor — INF Chase d’Arnaud and Matt Hague, INF Andy Vasquez (West Virginia), and reliever Tim Wood, who pitched for the Indy Indians for the first part of the 2011 season.
Toros del Este 5, Estrellas de Oriente 0
Dean Treanor’s Toros began their season with a shut out on Friday night, holding Los Estrellas to just 3 hits. Los Estrellas’ CF Rich Thompson went 0-for-4. Los Toros scored 4 runs in the bottom of the 1st. A 2-run homer was followed by four consecutive singles, including one by DH Matt Hague. Hague also singled in the 8th, when Los Toros scored their final run of the game. SS Chase d’Arnaud went 0-for-4 in the game and committed a fielding error.
Leones del Escogido 4, Tigres del Licey 3
Licey’s late-inning rally was not enough to catch up to Los Leones on Friday. CF Starling Marte doubled into left field to lead off the 3rd for Los Leones, but was left on base. He lined a single into center to lead off the 5th, and came around to score on two more singles. 3B Andy Marte singled in the 6th inning, and was replaced by a pinch-runner.
Leones del Escogido 3, Estrellas de Oriente 2
Starling Marte collected another 2 hits, both singles in Los Leones game on Saturday night. He reached as far as third base after his single in the 5th, but did not score. He singled again in the 7th. Escogido scored one run in the bottom of the 6th on a single, a ground out, and an RBI single. Los Estrellas answered with 2 runs in the top of the 7th, then C Wilkin Castillo’s solo homer tied the score at 2-2 in the 8th. The tie took the game into the 10th inning. In the bottom of that frame, Los Leones won with a double, a sacrifice bunt, and a throwing error by Los Estrellas’ pitcher, which allowed the winning run to cross the plate.
Aguilas Cibaenas 6, Toros del Este 1
Both teams put up 7 hits on Saturday, but 3 errors by Los Toros gave Los Aguilas the opportunity to do more scoring. Los Aguilas scored 2 runs in the 5th and 3 more runs in the 7th. Los Toros scored their only run in the bottom of the 7th, when a walk and a single put runners on the corners. The runner from first was caught off base and while he was involved in a run-down, the runner from third scored. Tim Wood pitched the 8th inning for Los Toros, allowing an unearned run to score on a double and a throwing error by 3B Matt Hague. Hague went 1-for-3 with a single in the 4th, and a walk in the 2nd. SS Chase d’Arnaud went 0-for-3 with 2 strikeouts.