Checking in on Pirates' players and friends in Tuesday's winter league action:

 

PUERTO RICAN LEAGUE

Indios de Mayaguez  2,  Criollos de Caguas  o

Los Indios took a 2-1 game lead in this best-of-9 series with a shut-out win.  Los Criollos were held to 4 hits.  Two of them were surrendered by Justin Thomas, who made what was for him an unusual start for Los Indios.  Thomas pitched into the 3rd inning.  He retired Los Criollos in order in the 1st, and gave up a lone single in the 2nd.  In the 3rd, he got two outs and gave up a double, then a walk -- then was relieved.  Los Indios scored their runs in the 4th inning, when they opened the inning with 3 consecutive singles and a sacrifice fly.  A fielder's choice grounder forced out a runner at the plate, but another ...

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