Pirates' players and friends in Friday's winter league action:
Gigantes del Cibao 6, Leones del Escogido 3
RF Starling Marte continued his happy return to the playing field after missing some time with muscle strain. Today he went 2-for-4 with a double and a single. That's 5-for-15 in the past three games after going hitless in his first game back. Marte was also hit by a pitch in Los Leones' 4th inning rally, when they scored all 3 of their runs. Former Pirate Juan Perez pitched a scoreless 9th inning to earn his 2nd Save for Los Gigantes.
Tigres del Licey 4, Toros del Este 1
A walk and two singles in the top of the 1st gave Los Toros their only run of the game. That rally ended when 1B Matt Hague bounced into a double play. ...
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