The Scottsdale Scorpions lost again on Thursday, their seventh straight defeat. First place Mesa won 7-3 to move to 5.5 games ahead of Scottsdale, with 11 games left in the regular season.
Two Pittsburgh Pirates players were in the starting lineup. Alen Hanson was at shortstop and batting lead-off, while Gift Ngoepe was his double play partner, batting ninth.
In his first at bat, Alen Hanson popped out to third base. In the third inning, with two outs and no one on base, he singled to right field. After a wild pitch got him to second base, Hanson scored the first run of the game on a single by Jarrett Parker. In the fifth inning, Hanson grounded out to first base to end the inning. In his fourth AB, Hanson grounded out to shortstop, leaving him 1-for-4 on the day.
Gift Ngoepe has really struggled at the plate in the AFL, though that hasn't affected his fielding. Ngoepe has not made an error yet coming into Thursday's game. In each of his first two AB's on Thursday, he struck ...
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