Winter League Update 10/12 : Noris’ Grand Slam

Looking at Pirates’ players and friends in winter league play….


Venados de Mazatlan  16,  Tomateros de Culiacan  2

Culiacan had the early lead with 2 runs in the 2nd inning.  Former Pirate LF Luis Cruz walked and scored in that inning.  But it was all Mazatlan after that.  A sacrifice fly and a 2-run homer gave Los Venados a 3-2 lead in the 3rd.  All was quiet until the 7th, when two walks and a single loaded the bases for RF Rogelio Noris.  Noris, the hometown hero, blasted a grand slam over the center field wall for a 7-2 lead.  Mazatlan scored twice more in that inning.  Noris walked and scored in the 4-run 8th, and Los Venados added 3 more runs in the top of the 9th.


VENZUELAN LEAGUE  — season openers

Navegantes de Magallanes  14,  Aguilas de Zulia  8

A total of 29 hits in this game, and 20 of them by Los Navegantes, who scored 6 runs in the 4th and 5 runs in the 7th.  Zulia countered with 3 runs in the 5th and 5 in the 8th.  Diego Moreno pitched the top of the 9th for Los Aguilas, and kept Magallanes from scoring in that frame.  He gave up a walk and a single, but ended the inning with a double play.


Tigres de Aragua  2,  Cardenales de Lara

Former Pirate farmhand 1B Hector Gimenez came to the plate in the bottom of the 9th with the score tied at 1-1 and two outs.  He gave Aragua the win with a solo home run.  LF Lastings Milledge and C Raul Chavez were both hitless, and pinch-hitter Jorge Cortes was also hitless.


Tiburones de La Guaira  6,  Caribes de Anzoategui  3

CF Gorkys Hernandez went 0-for-5 for Los Caribes, who scored all of their runs in the 5th inning, with two singles and two doubles. Hernandez was hitting in the lead-off position, as he had in Indianapolis this year.