AFL Recap: Ngoepe Homers, Cumpton Pitches Well

In Arizona Fall League action today, Scottsdale lost 4-3 to Surprise. Gift Ngoepe hit a two-run homer in the seventh inning to tie the score at three.

Three Pirates players were in the starting lineup. Matt Curry batted cleanup and played first base. He went 1-for-4 with two strikeouts. He is currently hitting .230 with one homer in 74 AB’s.

Adalberto Santos batted sixth and started in left field. He went 1-for-3, raising his average to the .290 mark. He also reached base via hit-by-pitch and recorded his ninth stolen base.

Ngoepe hit ninth and was at second base. The home run was his first of the Fall League season. He finished the game 1-for-4 with two strikeouts. He is hitting .256 in 43 AB’s.

Brandon Cumpton came in to pitch the sixth inning and threw two scoreless frames. He allowed one walk and struck out two without allowing a base hit. Brandon faced the minimum and it took just 23 pitches(13 for strikes) to get through two innings.

Author: John Dreker

John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.

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