Mesa knocked off Scottsdale for the second straight day, winning on Tuesday afternoon by a 7-4 score. It was the fifth straight loss for the Scorpions, who used five different Pirates players today. At the plate, Scottsdale continued to have trouble making contact, following up a 17 strikeout game on Friday, with 15 strikeouts on Tuesday.
Hanson has made five errors already in the AFL
For the first time, three Pittsburgh Pirates players were in the starting lineup. Alen Hanson was at shortstop batting lead-off. Alex Dickerson was in left field, batting in the clean-up spot and Gift Ngoepe was batting ninth and playing second base.
Leading off the game, Alen Hanson tried unsuccessfully to bunt his way on, as the first baseman retired him unassisted. He went down swinging in his second time AB. He was called out on strikes to lead off the sixth inning, this time failing to get an attempted bunt down with one strike. With Ngoepe on second in the eighth inning, Hanson singled to put run...
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.