Checking in on Pirates’ players and friends in Thursday’s winter league action:
Gigantes del Cibao 7, Toros del Este 3
Two 3-run innings gave Los Gigantes the win in a “play in” game after the regular Dominican League season ended yesterday. Los Toros began the game with 2 runs in the top of the 1st. A lead-off double, and an RBI single by SS Pedro Ciriaco brought in the first run. An error, a bunt, and a single plated Ciriaco with the second run. A 3-run homer gave Los Gigantes a 6-2 lead in the bottom of the 2nd, and they scored 3 more runs in the 6th with back-to-back solo homers, including one by former Pirate C Robinzon Diaz. Each team scored a run in the 8th inning. The two teams finished the regular season with identical 24-26 records, and the win gives Los Gigantes a spot in the Dominican League play offs. Los Aguilas Cibaenas finished in first place with a 30-20 record. Los Tigres del Licey and Los Leones del Escogido finished tied for second p...