Tag: Quincy Latimore
Day Three of the Winter Meetings...the Rule 5 Draft will be tomorrow (Thursday)
Today, the Pirates added another player to their 40-man roster. Matt Diaz is an outfielder who was drafted by the Rays in the 17th round of the 1999 draft. He reached the major league level for the first time in 2003, but played in only 14 games for the Rays over the 2003 and 2004 seasons, and went 5-for-30 at the plate. The Oregon native was released by the Rays in February 2005 and a few days later was claimed off waivers by the Orioles, then signed by the Royals the next day. His 2005 season was shortened by injury, but he did hit .281 in 34 games for the Royals. The Royals traded Diaz to the Braves after the 2005 season, and he remained in their organization for the next 5 years. Diaz played full-time in 2006 and 2007, but a left knee injury prevented him from playing for most of the 2008 season. He was back in full swing in 2009, when he hit .313 with 13 homers and 58 RBI for the Braves. An infected thumb limited Diaz again in 2010. He was able to play in 84 games for the Braves, and hit .250, with 7 homers and 31 RBI. Diaz will turn 33 in early March. He's expected to play in right field for the Pirates.
Cheering for Pirates' players and friends in Wednesday's winter league action:
Leones del Caracas 7, Navegantes del Magallanes 0 -- Corey Hamman had a better outing tonight than he did yesterday. He pitched 2 innings, taking the mound with a runner on second and no outs in the 7th. Hamman gave up a single and a sacrifice fly, to bring in one run (charged to the previous pitcher), then another single and a double play. In the 8th, Hamman worked around a single to keep Los Leones from scoring. Jose Ascanio pitched his first competitive inning since recovering from injury. He gave up a double to the first batter he faced, then retired the next three batters. Caracas's 5-run 5th inning was all the firepower they needed.
Tiburones de La Guaira 4, Caribes de Anzoategui 3 -- Jose Tabata made his Venezuelan debut, OK'ed by the Pirates, going 2-for-3 with an RBI and two walks. Los Caribes scored 2 runs in the 4th and another in the 5th, to take a 3-1 lead. Tabata's RBI single drove in the run in the 5th. But Los Tiburones bit back with a 3-run 8th inning for the win.
Bravos de Margarita 7, Cardenales de Lara 3 -- A 5-run rally in the bottom of the 1st inning, including a grand slam, gave Los Bravos a lead they would not give up. Starter Yusmeiro Petit pitched 7 innings for Los Bravos, allowing one run. He was relieved to begin the 8th inning, by Bobby Livingston (who pitched in one game for the Indy Indians in 2009. Livingston gave up 2 runs on two singles and a double, then was relieved by Anthony Claggett. Claggett ended the inning with a strikeout, then retired the side in the 9th.
Aguilas de Zulia 2, Tigres de Aragua 1 -- SS Ronny Cedeno scored Los Tigres' only run in the bottom of the 1st. After a double, Cedeno reached base on a fielder's choice, then stole second base, and scored on an RBI single. Back-to-back home runs in the top of the 4th gave Zulia the lead in the 4th inning. Cedeno was hitless in his other 3 plate appearances. 1B Hector Gimenez singled in the 4th, when Los Tigres loaded the bases, but did not score. LF Lastings Milledge went 0-for-4, and C Raul Chavez went 0-for-2 for Los Tigres.
Checking in on some Pirates' players and friends in Friday night's winter league games:
Navegantes del Magallanes 7, Bravos de Margarita 5 -- Jean Machi pitched a perfect 9th inning to earn his 6th Save for Los Navegantes. His teammates took a 5-1 lead in the bottom of the 6th with a two-out rally, scoring 5 runs on two doubles, four singles, and a walk. They added 2 more runs in the 7th on four more singles. Los Bravos put their first run on the board in the 3rd with three singles. A grand slam by CF Frank Diaz in the top of the 8th brought Los Bravos closer, but Machi held them off in the 9th. Just released SS Argenis Diaz came into the game to play shortstop in the top of the 9th, and he scooped the grounder that was Machi's first out.
Tigres de Aragua 8, Aguilas de Zulia 1 -- Two Pirates' teammates on Los Tigres.... one tendered a contract, one not... SS Ronny Cedeno was hit by a pitch in the top of the 1st, stole second base, then scored on a 2-run homer. C Raul Chavez's home run in the 2nd inning gave Los Tigres a 3-0 lead. In the 5th, a throwing error and a single put two runners on base. Cedeno bunted them both into scoring position, then CF Lastings Milledge drove in one run with an RBI single into right field. Los Tigres capped their scoring with 4 runs in the 6th. A single and two walks loaded the bases. Chavez was hit by a pitch, forcing in the first run. A single brought in the second run, and Cedeno's ground out plated the third run. A walk to Milledge loaded the bases again, and another walk forced in Chavez with the fourth run of the inning. Chavez had an embarrassing moment in the 5th -- with runners on first and second bases, Chavez lined right to the Zulia third baseman, who started a triple play.
PUERTO RICAN LEAGUE
Criollos de Caguas 4, Gigantes de Carolina 3 -- Los Gigantes had the early lead, starting with a run in the 1st, when former Indy Indian LF Luis Matos doubled and scored. In the 2nd, a ground-rule double, a walk, a fielding error by 3B Ramon Vazquez, and a single gave them a 3-0 lead. An RBI single by SS Luis Figueroa drove in Los Criollos' first run in the 5th. Then a single, a triple, and a 3-run homer in the 6th gave Los Criollos the win. Figueroa also singled in the 1st, and Vazquez singled in the 3rd.
An Australian double header early on Friday morning:
Game One: Canberra Cavalry 3, Adelaide Bite 1
Pirate farmhand Rinku Singh earned his first win for the Cavalry, in a pitching-dominated game. Former Altoona Curve pitcher Paul Mildren pitched the entire (7 inning) game for the Bite. He allowed only one hit over the first three innings, and another single in the 4th. Mildren got out of a jam in the 5th -- a walk and a double put two runners into scoring position with one out. The next batter tapped one back to the mound, and Mildren returned the ball to his catcher, who tagged the lead runner out at the plate. A pop out ended the inning. But in the bottom of the 6th, Mildren gave up a double, an intentional walk, and another double, which brought in 2 runs. Two more singles added a third run for the Cavalry.
The Bite were also scoreless in all but their last at-bat. They put runners on base in every inning, but could not bring them around to score. LF Quincy Latimore led off the 4th inning with a single, then moved to second base on a wild pitch. He got to third on an error, but was left there when the inning ended. The Bite also left two runners on base in the 5th inning. In the 6th, back-to-back singles put two Bite runners on base with one out. The Cavalry made a pitching change, bringing in Rinku Singh. Singh ended the inning with a strikeout and a ground out, stranding the two runners. Singh came out to begin the 7th inning with a 3-run lead (and so was the pitcher of record, to get the win). He gave up a walk, then got a strikeout. A fielding error and a single by Latimore loaded the bases, and Singh was replaced. The new pitcher, Chris Morgan, walked the first batter he faced, forcing in the Bite's only run of the game, but then got a double play to end it.
Game Two: Cavalry 11, Bite 6
Latimore also had two hits in this game, but the Bite's 5-run 7th inning couldn't stand up to their total meltdown in the bottom of the 5th, when the Cavalry scored all 11 of their runs. The night-cap began like the first game, with pitchers in control. The Bite had only two hits and a walk scattered over their first 5 innings, though one of the hits was a solo homer by DH Brandon Bantz in the 4th. The Bite pitching allowed only 2 hits to Canberra over their first four innings. Then came the bottom of the 5th: walk, single, throwing error (2 runs), triple (run #3), double (#4), walk, missed catch error to load the bases, single (#5,6), single, single (#7), double (#8), wild pitch (#9), walk, triple (#10, 11), then finally, a ground out and a pop out to end the inning. Oh, and both of those triples were by pinch-hitter Donald Lutz, who came out of the game after that inning.
Latimore doubled with two outs in the 6th, but got no further. The Bite rallied in the 7th, but weren't even close to catching up. With one out, three consecutive singles brought in one run, then a walk loaded the bases. A double drove in two runs, then Latimore brought in the fourth run by beating out an infield hit to short. Another single added run #5, but that was all they could get.
The same two teams play another double header on Saturday.
Cheering for Pirates' players and friends in a few winter league games on Friday...
VENZUELAN WINTER LEAGUE
Tigres de Aragua 4, Cardenales de Lara 1 -- Aragua starting pitcher Yorman Bazardo pitched 8 innings and allowed only one run on 7 hits, earning his 5th win for Los Tigres. That one run came in the 9th, on a bases-loaded ground out. Los Tigres scored their first run in the 4th on a walk and a double. They added 2 more runs in the 5th. After a pair of walks, CF Jorge Cortes bunted both runners up one base, then an RBI double brought both runs in. 1B Hector Gimenez started a 2-out rally in the 8th with a walk, followed by two singles, which brought in Gimenez. Gimenez also singled in the 6th inning, and Cortes walked in the 7th. SS Ronny Cedeno went 0-for-4 for Aragua.
The rest of Friday's Venezuelan League games were all postponed.
PUERTO RICAN LEAGUE
Criollos de Caguas 17, Gigantes de Carolina 4 -- Los Criollos posted 20 hits and took advantage of 3 Carolina errors as they overwhelmed Los Gigantes. DH Javier Valentin had 4 hits for Los Criollos. 3B Ramon Vazquez contributed a hit and an RBI, and scored one run. SS Luis Figueroa had a hit and a walk, and he scored twice. Both Vazquez's hit and Figueroa's walk came in Caguas' 7-run 3rd inning.
Leones del Escogido 3, Gigantes del Cibao 1 -- Former Pirate farmhand C JR House had one hit for Los Gigantes, but he was lifted for a pinch-hitter in a critical situation in the 8th inning (despite his .375 average). The pinch-hitter was able to knock an RBI single, accounting for Los Gigantes' only run. Los Leones scored on a solo homer in the 3rd, then added 2 runs in the 7th inning. Former Altoona Curve and Indy Indian SS Pedro Lopez had 2 hits for Escogido, but did not score. One more former Pirate farmhand, Gigantes' reliever Juan Perez, pitched to one batter in the 8th inning, and got a ground out.
MEXICAN PACIFIC LEAGUE
Caneros de Los Mochis 3, Venados de Mazatlan 2 -- LF Rogelios Noris' single in the 2nd inning loaded the bases for Los Venados, then a walk forced in the first run of the game. Mochis took the lead with 2 runs in the 6th and another run in the 7th. Mazatlan added one more run in the bottom of the 7th with a single, a throwing error, and an RBI ground out, but they couldn't catch up.
(Early Sat. Morning)
Adelaide Bite 4, Perth Heat 2 (Game 1) -- The Bite cruised through their opening series of the season, then ran into trouble with the Heat. They split the 4-game series last weekend in Perth, and when the two teams resumed play in Adelaide this weekend, Perth easily took the first two games of this series. This morning, the Bite salvaged a split of this series also, with a win of a double-header. There was only one inning of scoring in Game One. A single and a two-run homer gave Perth the lead in the top of the 4th inning. The Bite came back in the bottom of the 4th. Two walks, a grounder force out, and a third walk loaded the bases for RF Brendon Pett, who took the lead with a grand slam. A walk and a single followed the homer, but LF Quincy Latimore bounced into an inning-ending double play. Latimore singled in the 1st and walked in the 3rd, but both times was left on base.
Bite 11, Heat 4 (Game 2) -- Adelaide's Dushan Ruzic pitched a complete game in the night-cap, allowing 4 runs on 7 hits and 2 walks, while striking out 8 Perth batters. Ruzic faced only one batter over the minimum for the first 3 innings (fielding error), then got out of a 4th inning jam with a double play. Ruzic got plenty of run support, beginning with a 6-run 3rd inning by the Bite. Two singles and an error brought in the first run, and a walk and a double added the second run. LF Quincy Latimore smacked a 3-run homer over the left-center field wall to give the Bite a 5-0 lead. The next batter after Latimore was hit by a pitch, prompting the ejection of the Perth pitcher. A walk, a single, and a sacrifice fly brought in the 6th run of the inning. Perth scored 2 runs in each of the 5th and the 6th innings. The Bite matched the 2 runs in the 5th on a 2-RBI double. In the bottom of the 6th, two lead-off singles, one by Latimore, set up C Brandon Bantz for his 3-run homer. Latimore's batting average sits at .400 and he leads the league with 5 homers and 16 RBI.
Just a few game results for the Pirates' players and friends in Thursday's winter league action:
MEXICAN PACIFIC LEAGUE
Venados de Mazatlan 3, Yaquis de Obregon 1 -- Los Venados' bats were quiet until the 5th inning, when LF Rogelios Noris followed a one-out walk with a double, giving Mazatlan 2 runners in scoring position. A single by SS Heber Gomez drove in both runners. Obregon got one of the runs back in the top of the 6, but Mazatlan added an insurance run in the bottom of the inning with two singles and a sacrifice fly. CF Jeff Salazar walked twice for Obregon but did not score.
Perth Heat 9, Adelaide Bite 3 -- The Bite posted 12 hits, but could only score in one inning, and the Heat sealed their win with a 5-run 8th inning early on Friday morning. Adelaide tried to threaten in the bottom of the 1st. With a runner on 1st after a single and a grounder force out at second, LF Quincy Latimore grounded to third, which resulted in another force out at second, but Latimore safe at first. But Latimore was picked off first to end the inning. Latimore doubled in the 4th inning, but was left on base, as were Bite baserunners in the 2nd, 5th, and 7th innings. Latimore singled in the 6th, but that time he was erased in a double play. Finally in the 8th inning, a double and two singles brought in one run for Adelaide. Latimore followed with another grounder force out at second, which drove in a run and again left Latimore on first base. Another double let him score from first, and that was all the runs Adelaide would score. Perth scored 2 runs in the 2nd on a home run, and 2 more in the 5th on three singles, a walk, and a sacrifice fly. Adelaide pitching fell apart in the top of the 8th, when four walks and a wild pitch aided a double and two singles to bring in 5 runs.
Happy Thanksgiving to all!
Everyone has probably seen that Zach Duke has been traded to Arizona for a player to be named later.
Also, former Pirate Bryan Bullington, who was removed from the Kansas City Royals' 40-man roster last week, was released by the Royals yesterday. Then Bullington signed a contract to play in Japan for the Hiroshima Toyo Carp for 2011.
Cheering for Pirates' players and friends in the winter leagues on Wednesday.....
Tiburones de La Guaira 4, Bravos de Margarita 1 (Game 1) -- This was supposed to be a 7-inning game, but the score was still tied at 1-1 after 7. A bases-loaded walk forced in Los Bravos' run in the bottom of the 1st. Los Tiburones tied the score with a run on a single, a ground out, and another single in the 3rd. Anthony Claggett had pitched a scoreless 7th inning -- he gave up a single, but then picked the base runner off first. But he started the top of the 8th with a single and a sacrifice bunt, and was then relieved. The next pitcher loaded the bases with a pair of walks, then he was relieved too. Two singles and a sacrifice fly brought in 3 runs for Los Tiburones, with the first one charged to Claggett, making him responsible for the loss. Margarita won the second game 3-0, holding Los Tiburones to just 3 hits in the 7-inning game. Former Pirate farmhand Ronald Belisario allowed one of the hits along with a walk in the 7th inning, earning his 8th save.
Tigres de Aragua 7, Navegantes del Magallanes 5 -- Both SS Ronny Cedeno and 1B Hector Gimenez hit 2-run homers for Los Tigres in this win. Gimenez's blast got Aragua going in their 4-run 1st inning, and Cedeno's homer made the score 6-1 in the 2nd inning. Gimenez also doubled in the game. CF Jorge Cortes walked and scored for Los Tigres, and C Raul Chavez was 0-for-3 at the plate.
Pirates' outfielder Quincy Latimore has continued to chomp on Australian pitching, while playing left field for the Adelaide Bite of the new Australian Baseball League. The North Carolina native went 6-for-14 with 3 homers (2 in one game) and 8 RBI and two stolen bases in the Bite's first 4-game series against Melbourne. The Bite played against the Perth Heat in their second weekend's action, and in that series, Latimore went 9-for-20, with 3 doubles, a triple, another homer, and 4 more RBI. That gives him a .441 overall average, a .486 OBP, a .941 SLG, and a 1.428 OPS. His 15 hits, 4 homers, and 12 RBI lead the league.
Nov 17th -- Perth Heat 4, Adelaide Bite 2 -- We looked at this game last week, but to recap: Former Curve Paul Mildren suffered the loss when he allowed 4 runs (3 earned) on 7 hits and 2 walks in 5.2 innings. Latimore doubled in the top of the 1st, contributing to the Bite's 1-run rally. He also singled in the 5th inning, but was left on base.
Nov 18th -- Bite 7, Heat 3 -- The Heat out-hit the Bite 10-9, but it was the 6-run top of the 6th that gave the Bite the edge. Adelaide sent 12 batters to the plate in the inning. The first batter of the inning doubled but was picked off second base. Then the onslaught started: a solo homer, a walk, and an RBI triple by Latimore for the second run of the inning. Latimore scored on 1B Ben Wigmore's double, and Wigmore scored on the next double. After a pitching change, a walk and another double drove in the 5th run, and a walk and a sacrifice fly made it 6 runs. Perth hit back-to-back homers in the bottom of the inning. Then Latimore homered to lead off the top of the 7th, increasing the score to 7-2. Perth added one more run in the bottom of the 7th. Latimore was 2-for-5 for the game.
Cheering for the Pirates' players and friends in Tuesday's winter league action...
I'll be going on the road for a few days... catch up with everyone at the beginning of next week.
Cardenales de Lara 6, Tigres de Aragua 2 -- Los Tigres were held to 5 hits. They scored their 2 runs in the 7th inning on a walk, a triple, and a single. Aragua also had two singles in the 3rd inning but didn't score, and 3 walks in the 6th, but a double play and a pop out ended that inning without a run scoring. Los Tigres' only other hit in the game was a double by 1B Hector Gimenez to lead off the 9th inning. Raul Chavez pinch hit in the 9th, but popped out to end the game. Lastings Milledge started the game in left field, and popped out to end the 2nd inning (with no runners on base). He was removed from the game as the bottom half of the inning began, but no explanation was given. CF Jorge Cortes went 0-for-3 for Los Tigres. Former Indy Indian C Alex Delgado had an RBI single in the 4th for Lara, and doubled and scored on a 2-run homer in the 6th.
Bravos de Margarita 2, Navegantes del Magallanes 1 -- Pitching ruled for the first 6 innings of this game. Margarita scored a run in the 7th on two singles and added another run in the 8th on a walk and two more singles. Los Navegantes scored just one run, which came in the bottom of the 9th, on a walk and a double. Justin Thomas took the mound in relief for Los Bravos to begin the bottom of the 5th. He worked around a lead-off single for a scoreless 5th, then loaded the bases on two singles, a sacrifice bunt, and an intentional walk to begin the 6th inning. Edgar Martinez relieved Thomas and got a strikeout and pop out to end the inning with the bases still loaded. Ronald Belisario earned his 7th save for Margarita, even though he was responsible for Los Navegantes' run in the 9th.
Leones del Caracas 5, Caribes del Anzoategui 4 -- Four runs in the top of the 9th were not enough for Los Caribes to catch up to Los Leones. Adenson Chourio came into the game to pinch-run in the 9th, with the bases loaded and one run already walked in. A double lined into center field scored the runners from second and third, but Chourio was out at the plate on the throw in from center field. C Carlos Maldonado was the one who tagged out Chourio. Maldonado's lead-off homer in the 8th gave Caracas what turned out to be the winning run. He also singled in the 2nd and walked in the 6th.
Sunday's winter league action with the Pirates' players and friends...
As usual, the Arizona Fall League has Sunday off. Guess who is leading the AFL in RBI? That's right, it's OF Andrew Lambo.
The Australian League also has a few days off, with the Adelaide Bite and Quincy Latimore back in action on Wednesday.
Tigres de Aragua 6, Cardenales de Lara 4 -- A 4-run 4th inning gave Los Tigres the edge over Los Cardenales. A pair of singles opened the inning, then after a fly out, CF Jorge Cortes loaded the bases with a single into right field. Lara changed pitchers, but he gave up three more singles. The first drove in one run, then SS Ronny Cedeno singled in two more runs. A passed ball put runners onto second and third bases, and RF/LF Lastings Milledge's single drove in the fourth run of the inning. Los Tigres' first run came on a solo home run that opened the game in the top of the 1st. Cedeno singled and Milledge walked after the home run, but they did not score in that inning. Aragua added a run on a double and a fielding error in the 2nd inning. Cedeno also singled in the 3rd inning, for a total of 3 hits in the game. C Raul Chavez was hitless in 5 at-bats. Lara also scored one run in the 1st inning, to tie the score. Los Cardenales took a 3-2 lead with 2 runs in the bottom of the 3rd, but that lead lasted only a few minutes, until Aragua scored 4 in the 4th.
Aguilas del Zulia 10, Navegantes del Magallanes 4 -- Los Aguilas also had a 4-run inning, the 9th, to cap their scoring and take the win. LF Mike Ryan singled in the 1st inning for Magallanes but did not come around to score. Magallanes scored one run in the 3rd and another in the 4th. In the 9th, Los Navegantes loaded the bases on two singles and a walk, then scored one run on SS Argenis Diaz's sacrifice fly. Another single plated one more run, but a double play ended the rally.
Los Bravos de Margarita are reporting that manager Luis Dorante has been hospitalized with kidney failure. He will be out for two weeks.
Left over from late Friday night and early Saturday morning:
Adelaide Bite 13, Melbourne Aces 2 (Game 1) -- The Bite continued chomping on the Aces in this 7-inning game. LF Quincy Latimore got the scoring started for Adelaide in the bottom of the 1st with a 3-run homer that followed a pair of lead-off singles. The Aces scored one run in the 2nd when two singles and two hit batters forced in a run. A single, a stolen base, and two ground outs gave Melbourne another run in the 3rd, bringing the score to 3-2. It was all Adelaide after that. In the 4th, a single, a balk, and a hit batter put two runners on base, and RBI singles by 3B Stefan Welch and Latimore brought in 2 runs. The Bite batted around in the 5th to plate 5 runs. A throwing error, a walk, another balk, an RBI single and a 2 RBI double brought in 3 runs. At that point, the Melbourne pitcher was ejected from the game. Latimore reached on a throwing error, which added 2 more runs. Another 2-RBI double and a sacrifice fly gave the Bite 3 runs in the 6th inning.
Bite 8, Aces 3 (Game 2) -- It didn't get any better for Melbourne in the night-cap, though they did post more hits (10). Adelaide starter Dushan Ruzic scattered 5 hits over the first 6 innings, then gave up one run on a walk, a single, and a sacrifice fly in the 7th. Two doubles and two singles gave the Aces their other 2 runs in the 8th. The Bite bats were also quiet for the first three innings, then LF Quincy Latimore started pounding the ball again in the 4th. His 2-run homer got things started, and the Bite added another run on a double and a single for a 3-0 lead. Latimore's second homer of the game and third of the day opened the 6th inning. Then he picked up his fourth RBI of the game in the bottom of the 7th inning. A walk, a wild pitch, and two throwing errors gave Adelaide one run, then another walk and Latimore's RBI grounder plated the second run of the inning. Three singles plus a wild pitch and a passed ball added 2 more runs to the Bite's total in the 8th inning, to give the Bite a 4-0 record in the new season.
Quincy Latimore currently has a .429 average (third best in the league). He leads the ABL with 3 homers, and teammate Ben Wigmore is next with 2. Latimore and Wigmore also top the RBI list -- 8 for Latimore and 6 for Wigmore. Guess who's on top of the SLG list? Latimore with 1.071 and Wigmore with .933. OPS? 1.601 for Latimore, 1.404 for Wigmore. Yes, a very small sample, but we can enjoy it while it lasts.
MEXICAN PACIFIC LEAGUE
Algondoneros de Guasave 16, Venados de Mazatlan 1 -- It's the start of deer season in Indiana, and somehow that must have translated down to Mexico. Guasave posted 21 hits, with each member of the starting line-up collecting at least one hit. Yurendell de Caster contributed a 3-run homer in Guasave's 6-run 7th inning. Los Venados scored only one run, which (briefly) tied the score in the 2nd inning. Rogelios Noris came in as a defensive replacement later in the game, and he had a hit in his only plate appearance.