The Scottsdale Scorpions dropped their third straight game on Saturday, losing 5-2 to Glendale. They are now 7-9 on the season and they have reached the halfway point of the Arizona Fall League. Scottsdale is off tomorrow.
Two Pittsburgh Pirates players were in the starting lineup on Saturday. Alen Hanson was in at shortstop and batting lead-off. He grounded out to shortstop on the fifth pitch he saw of his first AB. Hanson has been asked to bunt often and on an 0-1 pitch, he was unable to get a bunt down. In his second AB, Hanson came up with two runners in scoring position and his team was down by two runs. With one out, he lifted a fly ball to center field, deep enough to bring home the first run for Scottsdale.
In his third time up, Hanson flew out to center field. He then popped out to shortstop for the last out of the eighth inning. After having significant trouble in the field early in the AFL season, Hanson had now gone six games without an error.
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.