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AFL: Dickerson and Hanson Reach Base in Loss

On Monday afternoon in the Arizona Fall League, the Scottsdale Scorpions lost 8-2 to Surprise. They have now lost four in a row and drop to 10-18 on the season. arizona_fall_league_logo

Both Alen Hanson and Alex Dickerson were in the lineup for Scottsdale. Hanson was in his usual two spot at shortstop and Dickerson was moved down to the six hole, playing left field. Two other Pittsburgh Pirates players got into the game before it was over.

In his first at bat, Alen Hanson grounded out to third base on a 1-1 pitch. He came up in the third inning, his team was trailing 4-1, with a man on second base and one out. Hanson ended up walking on six pitches. In his third AB, he grounded out to third base. Hanson had a seven pitch at bat in the seventh when he flew out to left field leading off the inning. He got another chance to hit with two outs in the ninth inning. Hanson popped out to shortstop to end the game. He is now hitting .250 in 76 AB’s.

Alex Dickerson came up in the second inning with a man on first and one out. That base runner quickly moved to second base on a steal, but remained there one pitcher later when Dickerson grounded out back to the pitcher. In the fourth inning, he flew out to center field on the first pitch he saw. Dickerson collected a single in the sixth inning, then in his last at bat, he grounded out to second base, leaving him with a 1-for-4 day.

Zack Thornton came out for the fourth inning and struck out the first batter on three pitches. He started out with three straight balls to the second hitter, all well out of the strike zone. Thornton came back to get him to ground out softly to first base on a 3-2 pitch. With two outs, he allowed back-to-back doubles to make the score 5-2. He then allowed a triple that brought home the sixth run, before ending the inning like it started, picking up a strikeout on three pitches. Thornton threw 24 pitches, 14 for strikes.

Gift Ngoepe came into the game in the eighth inning as a defensive replacement at second base. He did not bat, but had one play in the field. The ninth inning included two ground outs to Alen Hanson and one to Ngoepe, who has still yet to make an error in the AFL.

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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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