Scottsdale continued to play well after a slow start, winning 2-1 over Mesa on a walk-off hit in the tenth inning on Wednesday. They are now 7-6 on the season after losing five of their first six games.
Alen Hanson was back in the lineup after sitting out on his 21st birthday on Tuesday. On Wednesday, he was hitting second in the order. In his first AB, Hanson drew a nine pitch walk that started with five straight strikes from former 1st round draft pick, Matt Purke. After seeing a lot of pitches his first time up, Hanson grounded out to shortstop on the second pitch of his second plate appearance. In his third time up, Hanson popped out to second base.
In the bottom of the eighth, Hanson came up with runners on the corners, two outs and his team trailed 1-0. He worked the count to 2-2 before striking out swinging, ending the threat. In the tenth, Hanson had a second chance to win the game. Catcher Andrew Susac walked, then Gift Ngoepe pinch ran for him. Ngoepe moved over to thi...
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