The Scottsdale Scorpions won 5-1 over Glendale on Monday night. Two Pittsburgh Pirates players were in the starting lineup, then two more came out of the bullpen before the night was done. Scottsdale had lost five in a row after winning their season opener, but they have played better recently. They are now 5-6 on the year.
Alen Hanson batted second and came into the game with a .286 average. He came up in the first with a man on first base. Hanson moved the runner up with a ground out to second base. In the second inning, he came up with a man on first again, this time with two outs. Hanson grounded out back to the pitcher to end the inning. In the fourth inning, with two outs and men on the corners, Hanson singled on a line drive to center field to make the score 4-0. Leading off the sixth inning, he popped out to shortstop. In the eight inning, Hanson went down swinging, ending his night 1-for-5 with an RBI.
Alex Dickerson batted fifth and was back in left field tonight after playing right field in his last game. With his team up 1-0 in the first and a man on first base, Dickerson grounded out to shortstop to end the inning. With the bases empty and two outs in the third inning, he singled to left field. Dickerson singled to left field again in the fifth, this time leading off the inning. In the sixth, he came up with a man on second and two outs. Dickerson struck out swinging to end the inning. He ended the night 2-for-4.
Tyler Waldron came out of the bullpen to pitch the fourth inning. He struck out the first batter he faced, then got the second hitter to ground out to first base. Waldron ended the inning quickly with a second ground ball to first base. He threw 13 pitches, nine for strikes.
In his second inning of work, Waldron popped out to third base. He walked the next batter on five pitches. Waldron then got a fly ball to center field, followed by a grounder to second base. That was the end of the night for Waldron, who needed just 23 pitches to get through two innings, 14 went for strikes.
Zack Thornton came out for the seventh inning. He struck out the first batter he faced, then the next hitter reached on an error. On the third batter, Thornton got a ground ball double play started by Alen Hanson to end the inning. He threw six pitches to the first hitter, then one each to the next two batters. That was it for Thornton on the night.