Pirates’ players and friends in Friday’s winter league action:
Gigantes del Cibao 6, Leones del Escogido 3
RF Starling Marte continued his happy return to the playing field after missing some time with muscle strain. Today he went 2-for-4 with a double and a single. That’s 5-for-15 in the past three games after going hitless in his first game back. Marte was also hit by a pitch in Los Leones’ 4th inning rally, when they scored all 3 of their runs. Former Pirate Juan Perez pitched a scoreless 9th inning to earn his 2nd Save for Los Gigantes.
Tigres del Licey 4, Toros del Este 1
A walk and two singles in the top of the 1st gave Los Toros their only run of the game. That rally ended when 1B Matt Hague bounced into a double play. Hague went 0-for-4 for the night. Licey came back to scored one run in each of the 1st and the 2nd innings, then 2 more runs in the 3rd.
Aguilas Cibaenas 15, Estrellas de Oriente 2
Los Aguilas buried Los Estrellas with 19