On Friday night in Arizona Fall League action, the Scottsdale Scorpions lost 3-1 to Surprise, dropping their record to 7-8 and putting them 3.5 games back of the division leading Mesa Solar Sox.
Gift Ngoepe was the only Pittsburgh Pirates player in the starting lineup. He batted ninth and was at second base. He came into the game just 2-for-22 on the season. In his first AB in the third inning, Ngoepe came up with a man on first and no outs. On the sixth pitch, he grounded into a double play. In his second at bat leading off the sixth inning, Ngoepe lined out to left field. In his third plate appearance, he grounded out to for the first out of the eighth inning.
Ngoepe came up in the ninth with his team down by two runs. There were runners on first and second with one out. He grounded out to the shortstop, who went to second base for one out, but Ngoepe was able to reach, putting runners on the corners with two outs. The next batter struck out to end the game.
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.