AFL Recap: Hanson Triples, Makes Two Errors in Loss

In the Arizona Fall League on Monday night, Scottsdale dropped their fourth straight game, losing 7-6 at home to Mesa. The game included six errors from Scottsdale. The Scorpions are now 1-4 on the season. arizona_fall_league_logo

Alen Hanson was the only Pittsburgh Pirates player in the starting lineup and he had a tough night in the field. He made a fielding error in the first inning, then made a costly throwing error in the third inning that led to two unearned runs scoring. At the plate, Hanson was hitting second in the lineup. He grounded out to third base in the first inning, then grounded out weakly back to the pitcher in the third.

In the fourth inning, Hanson came to the plate with two men on and two outs, with his team trailing 6-4 on the scoreboard. He worked a 2-1 count before the runner from first base was thrown out stealing. Coming up in the fifth leading off, Hanson tripled, then scored on a ground out from the next batter. In his fourth AB, he grounded out for the third time and for the second time to the third baseman.

Hanson came up with two outs in the ninth and the bases empty, with his team still down by one run. He battled at the plate, working a full count and fouling off a couple pitches before striking out swinging to end the game. He finished 1-for-5 on the night and he is now 3-for-14 on the season.

If you missed it from earlier today, Jameson Taillon was replaced on the AFL roster by Phil Irwin. Taillon left due to a tweaked groin. He pitched two innings in the season opener.

John Dreker

Author: John Dreker

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.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/lee.young.161 leefoo

    Just when you think (hope) Hanson is over his fielding woes, this happens.

    I wonder if he’s another Ronny Cedeno….talented but loses focus.

    • John Dreker

      I think it is more about confidence and that should get better with age and experience. Like I’ve said, he has all the tools to play shortstop in the majors, just don’t know about the confidence and consistency. That is why I’d leave him there and let him play everyday, even if it takes him a little longer to be major league ready