On Wednesday night in the Arizona Fall League, the Scottsdale Scorpions picked up their third straight win. The 7-4 victory over Surprise came on a night that Phil Irwin started for Scottsdale and two Pittsburgh Pirates players were in the starting lineup. Prior to this current mini winning streak, the Scorpions lost eight in a row.
Alen Hanson led off for Scottsdale in the bottom of the first and lined a single into right field. He stole second base with two outs, then scored the first run of the game on a single up the middle. Hanson got up in the second inning with two men on and one out. He hit a soft grounder to shortstop which resulted in an out at second base. Hanson then stole second base, his second steal of the game and sixth of the season. He scored his second run of the game one batter later on a triple.
In the third inning, Hanson batted for a third time and drove in Scottsdale's seventh run on a line drive single up the middle. In the fifth inning, Hanson was robb...
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.