On Friday afternoon, the Scottsdale Scorpions lost for the eighth straight time, going down 6-3 to Surprise. There weren't any Pittsburgh Pirates players in the starting lineup, but a couple of their relievers sure made quite the impression in their two innings apiece.
Matt Benedict came out to pitch in the third inning. Surprise plays at a stadium with Pitch FX, so it gives you a more in depth recap of his outing. In the third inning, Benedict made quick work of the side, needing just eight pitches to get two ground outs and a strikeout. His first five pitches were all fastballs and he hit 93 MPH twice. Benedict finished off the strikeout with three change-ups and a slow curveball on the last pitch for a swinging strike.
In the fourth inning, he gave up three hard hit balls, allowing a single to a batter who was quickly erased on the bases by a line drive double play. Benedict faced the minimum in his two innings of work, throwing a total of 17 pitches, ten for strikes.
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.