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Alen Hanson returns to the lineup tonight after taking three days to focus on his defense and clear his head.

AFL: Hanson and Ngoepe Collect RBI’s in Victory

On Monday afternoon in the Arizona Fall League, Scottsdale was able to break their eight game losing streak, winning 7-4 in ten innings at Peoria. On Tuesday, the same two teams met up in Scottsdale and the Scorpions were able to make it two in a row, winning 4-0 with help from both Pittsburgh Pirates players in the lineup. arizona_fall_league_logo

Both Alen Hanson and Gift Ngoepe were in the starting lineup on Tuesday. Hanson started at shortstop and batted second, while Ngoepe was his double play partner, hitting ninth.

Alen Hanson came up with one out in the first inning and grounded out to first base on the second pitch he saw. In his second at bat, Hanson saw just one pitch, lining out to center field for the final out of the third inning. He came up in the fourth inning with the bases loaded and two outs. Scottsdale had taken a 3-0 lead at this point. Hanson saw four straight strikes, fouling off an 0-2 pitch before reaching on an infield single that brought home the Scorpions’ fourth run. In the seventh inning, he was called out on strikes.

Leading off the third inning, Gift Ngoepe tried to bunt his way on, fouling off the first pitch. On the next pitch, he grounded out to shortstop. In the fourth inning, Ngoepe came up with his team up 1-0, the bases loaded and two outs. He was able to work a full count walk, though the pitcher missed badly on all six pitches he threw. The RBI was the second in the AFL for Ngoepe, who also drove in a run yesterday with a sacrifice fly. In the sixth inning, he lined out to shortstop. Despite the recent RBI’s, he is still just 3-for-37 at the plate this season.

Alen Hanson has now gone since October 15th without making an error. That errorless streak follows five errors in the team’s first six games. Gift Ngoepe has been even better. He hasn’t committed an error all season.

Just a reminder that tomorrow’s game will be televised on the MLB Network. The game starts at 9 PM EST.

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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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  • stickyweb

    The Gift that keeps on giving! He’s unstoppable with his 2 game RBI streak. Seriously it is such a shame he can’t hit a lick if his D is as good as everyone says.

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