On Tuesday afternoon in the Arizona Fall League, the Scottsdale Scorpions lost for the fifth straight time, dropping a 3-2 decision to Peoria. It drops them to last place in their division and ties them with Peoria for the worst record in the AFL.
For just the third time, all three Pittsburgh Pirates position players were in the lineup at the same time. Alen Hanson batted lead-off and was at shortstop. His double play partner was Gift Ngoepe, who batted ninth. Alex Dickerson was in the clean-up spot and he was in right field. For Hanson, today's game was his eighth straight game without an error(not including one game in which he only pinch-ran). Ngoepe has yet to make an error this season.
Hanson led-off the game with a ground rule double, hitting a 91 MPH fastball on the fifth pitch he saw to the right-center field gap. It was his first double of the AFL season. In his next AB, Hanson put down a bunt on the first pitch for a single. He moved up to second base on a ground out, ...
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