A bit of winter league action for Pirates’ players and friends for Thursday… The Puerto Rican League has no games scheduled.
Toros del Este 9, Estrellas de Oriente 2
C Dusty Brown was responsible for all both of Los Estrellas’ runs, when he blasted a 2-run homer in the 5th inning. LF Jake Fox singled for Los Estrellas but did not score. Los Toros scored early and often, including a pair of 3-run innings. SS Pedro Ciriaco led off the bottom of the 1st with a double into right field. He scored on an RBI single, and after two more singles, two more runs scored. Los Toros scored one run in the 4th, then one in the 5th, when Ciriaco again doubled to lead off the inning. He scored on a sacrifice bunt and an RBI ground out. 1B Matt Hague doubled to lead off the 6th, then scored on an RBI single. A double and a sacrifice fly brought in two more runs. Three singles gave Los Toros their last run in the bottom of the 8th.
Leones del Escogido 3, Tigres del Licey o
This pitching duel was scoreless until the bottom of the 7th, when Los Leones scored the only runs of the game. With two outs, a single, a double, and a hit batter loaded the bases. A line-drive single combined with a throwing error let all three base runners scored. CF Starling Marte doubled in the 6th inning for Los Leones, but was left on base. One of the newest Pirates, Licey’s SS Yamaico Navarro, singled in the 6th inning, and walked in the first inning, but was left stranded both times.
Navegantes del Magallanes 2, Caribes de Anzoategui 1
CF Gorkys Hernandez beat out a grounder to short for a hit, loading the bases for Los Caribes in the 2nd inning. All three runners were left standing on base, though, and Los Caribes were able to score only one run, on a two out single, a wild pitch, and an RBI single in the 7th inning. Los Magallanes scored one run on three singles in the 2nd, then one more in the top of the 7th on a hit batter, a stolen base, a wild pitch, and an RBI single. Former Pirate Jean Machi earned his 8th Save with a 1-2-3 bottom of the 9th inning.
MEXICAN PACIFIC LEAGUE
Venados de Mazatlan 7, Naranjaros de Hermosillo 0
Los Venados got some revenge for their big loss on Wednesday with three pitchers combining for a one-hitter. Starter Walter Silva threw 7 shutout innings, allowing one hit and 3 walks, with 2 strikeouts. Two relievers contributed a hitless and scoreless inning each. Los Venados’ hitters gave their pitching staff plenty of run support, with 5 runs in the 4th inning, on five singles, two walks, and two throwing errors. They added a run in the 5th when a hit batter forced in a run, and added their final run in the 7th on a walk and a triple. Rogelio Noris entered the game as a defensive replacement in left field in the 9th and made the first out of the inning.
Adelaide Bite 7, Canberra Cavalry 3 (Game 1)
1B Calvin Anderson went 3-for-5 with a double and scored twice for the Bite in this early game. Paul Mildren made the start for the Bite, allowing two hits despite surrendering 12 hits in 4.2 innings. After a scoreless 1st inning, three singles and a sacrifice fly gave the Cavalry one run off Mildren in the 2nd. Mildren gave up two singles in the 3rd, but kept the base runners from scoring. He allowed another three singles in the 4th inning, but they all came after the lead-off homer, and so just one run scored. Two more Cavalry singles began the bottom of the 5th. After a runner was thrown out trying to steal second base on a double steal, and a pop out, Mildren was relieved. The Bite plated one run in the 3rd inning on three consecutive singles (all with two outs), but they were trailing 2-1 going into the 8th inning. That inning began with four straight singles, including one by Anderson, accounting for one run. A walk forced in a second run. A sacrifice fly and a throwing error added two more runs to give the Bite a 5-2 lead. CF Denny Almonte (Mariners), who also had 3 hits in the game, homered for the Bite in the top of the 9th. Anderson followed the homer with a double, then scored on a wild pitch. Ryan Beckman pitched the final inning for the Bite, and gave up one run on a double and a single.
Bite 7, Cavalry 2 (Game 2)
The two teams combined for 26 hits in the first game, then totalled 27 hits in the second game. Denny Almonte and Calvin Anderson each had 2 hits in this game, with both of Almonte’s being doubles. Anderson singled in the 1st inning, but did not score. He singled again in the 4th after Almonte’s first double, driving in the first of two runs in that inning. Anderson was forced out at second on a grounder, but a throwing error and another single drove in the second run. The Bite scored one run in both the 2nd and the 5th inning, and collected 3 more runs in the 8th. The Cavalry scored their two runs in the 4th, with a lead-off homer, followed by three singles. C Travis Scott doubled for the Cavalry to lead off the 7th inning, but was left on base. Reliever Rinku Singh took over on the mound for the Bite with the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the 7th. He got Scott to ground out to second to end the inning without a run scoring. Singh went on to pitch two scoreless innings in the 8th and 9th. He hit a batter and gave up a single in the 8th, and allowed one walk in the 9th.
Perth Heat 6, Brisbane Bandits 1 (Game 1)
After four scoreless innings, 1B Aaron Baker got the Heat going with a walk to begin the 5th. He scored on a bunt and a single, and another walk and single and a sacrifice fly gave the Heat a 3-0 lead. A bases-loaded RBI single gave the Heat a run in the 6th. A solo homer followed by two walks and a double in the top of the 7th made it 7-0. The Bandits scored their only run in the bottom of the 7th, with three consecutive singles.
Heat 6, Bandits 5 (Game 2)
The Bandits jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the nightcap with a grand slam in the bottom of the 2nd. The Heat answered with a 2-run homer in the top of the 3rd, then got within one run of the Bandits with a run on a single and a double in the 5th. They tied the score of what was scheduled to be a 7-inning game with a single and an RBI double in the top of the 7th, sending the game into “extras”. Perth put runners on first and third with two outs in the top of the 8th, but pinch-hitter Aaron Baker grounded out to first to end the threat. Baker did not remain in the game after his pinch-hit appearance, and the game continues….
UPDATE: The Heat took a 6-4 lead in the top of the 9th, with a homer and a triple plus a throwing error. The Bandits doubled to lead off the bottom of the 9th, and a single and a ground out brought that first runner in to score. But that was all they could get, and the Heat had the win.