In Arizona Fall League action today, Scottsdale lost 3-2 against Peoria.
The only Pirates player in the starting lineup today was Gift Ngoepe. He batted ninth and played shortstop. Ngoepe went 1-for-3 with a double, walk, stolen base and a strikeout. He came to the plate in the top of the ninth inning with his team down by one, a man on first and one out. Ngoepe battled through a nine pitch AB, before grounding into a double play to end the game.
Victor Black came in to pitch the seventh inning. He retired the side in order, including one strikeout, needing eleven pitches total, throwing eight for strikes. Black hit 97 MPH with his fastball during the third AB of the inning.
Brandon Cumpton followed up Black, pitching the eighth inning. He allowed just a single in his inning of wo...
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