In game two of the Arizona Fall League schedule, Scottsdale lost 12-2 to Salt River, giving them their first loss. Two Pittsburgh Pirates players were in the starting lineup and another made an appearance out of the bullpen.
Gift Ngoepe batted lead-off and played shortstop, while Alen Hanson was on the bench tonight. Hanson reached base three times in the season opener Tuesday night. In his first AB, Ngoepe lined out to center field. He struck out swinging in his second time up, then drew a one out walk in the sixth inning. In his last at bat, he grounded out to first base.
Alex Dickerson was in left field tonight after batting in the DH spot in the opener. He was hitting in the fifth spot for the second time. Dickerson doubled in his first AB tonight, his first AFL hit. He grounded out to lead-off the fifth inning, then drew a walk two innings later. One batter after the walk, Dickerson scored on a two-run homer. In his last AB, he singled on a line drive to left field.
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.