AFL Recap: Tyler Waldron Throws Three Shutout Innings in Win

The Scottsdale Scorpions won for the first time since Opening Day, defeating Surprise by a 2-1 score. It snapped a five game losing streak for the Scorpions. Tyler Waldron pitched well and picked up the win in relief. arizona_fall_league_logo

It was a light day for Pittsburgh Pirates players Wednesday night. For the first time, not one Pirates player was in the starting lineup. Tyler Waldron came on in relief to start the fourth inning. He retired the side in order, getting a strikeout, a fly out to center field and a ground out to third base.

Waldron had an easy second inning of work as well. He retired the side in order again, getting a line out to left field, followed by two ground outs. He needed just 22 pitches to get through two innings, 14 went for strikes.

His pitch count was so good through two innings that Waldron was able to come out for a third frame. He battled with the first hitter, throwing nine pitches before getting a ground out to third base. Waldron hit the next batter, stopping his streak of seven straight batters retired. He was still able to face the minimum over three innings because the next hitter grounded into a double play on the first pitch. He finished with 35 pitches, 22 went for strikes.

Prior to tonight, Waldron had pitched 2.1 innings over two appearances. He allowed a total of three runs on three hits and three walks in those first two outings.

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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  • stickyweb

    I hope nobody of importance makes the connection that they finally won and no Pirates started the game! :-)