AFL: Two Hits For Alex Dickerson in Loss

On Thursday night in the Arizona Fall League, the Scottsdale Scorpions had their three game winning streak snapped, losing 4-2 to Surprise. arizona_fall_league_logo

Three Pittsburgh Pirates were in the starting lineup on Thursday night. Alen Hanson was at the top of the order, playing shortstop. Alex Dickerson was in left field, batting clean-up. Gift Ngoepe was at second base and batting in the nine hole.

Leading off the game, Alen Hanson hit a hard one-hopper right at the second baseman for the first out. In the third inning, he grounded out to first base. Hanson led off the fifth and drove the ball to the opposite field warning track for a long out. In the seventh inning, Hanson flew out to deep right-center field. He hit the ball good three times but had nothing to show for it.

Alex Dickerson came up in the first with a man on first base and two outs. The runner moved to second base on a wild pitch before Dickerson grounded out sharply to second base for the final out of the inning. Leading off the fourth inning, Dickerson scorched a double down the right field line. He scored the first run for the Scorpions, coming home on a single three batters later.

In the fifth, Dickerson came up with his team down 3-1, two men in scoring position and one out. He singled hard to left field, scoring one run, but the second runner was cut down at home. Leading off the eighth inning, Dickerson was called out on three straight strikes.

Gift Ngoepe led of the third inning with a bloop to center field that the shortstop made a nice running over-the-shoulder catch on. Ngoepe batted in the fourth with his team trailing 3-1, with two men on and two outs. He flew out to left field on the second pitch to end the inning. Ngoepe grounded out to second base to end the sixth inning. He came up with two outs and no one on in the ninth inning, looking to get on base to give Alen Hanson a chance to tie the game. Ngoepe wasn’t able to get on base, striking out for the final out. He is now 3-for-41 on the season, though he still hasn’t made an error this AFL season.

Tyler Waldron came to pitch the fourth inning. He got the first hitter to fly out to center field. The next batter was called out on a 93 MPH fastball on the outside corner. Waldron got the last batter out on a grounder to Alen Hanson. He threw 13 pitches in the inning, eight for strikes.

In the fifth, Waldron gave up a triple to straight away center field on the first pitch. With the infield in against the next batter, Waldron got a grounder to Alen Hanson that he couldn’t handle for his first error since October 15th. The next hitter lined a single to left field that put runners on the corners. Waldron got the first out on a swinging strikeout. While the next batter was up, the runner on first base stole second. Waldron got the second out on a line drive right to third base, then got out of the inning while allowing just one run by getting a second straight line drive to third base.

Waldron’s two innings were drastically different, looking great in the first and he was hit hard in the second inning. He threw a lot of strikes in the second inning, with 11 of his 13 pitches in the zone.

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John Dreker

Author: 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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  • leadoff

    IMO, Hanson is only what 20 years old and does need reps at SS otherwise he shows a lot of polish. Should be a good player for the Pirates somewhere 2015 and not later than 2016.

  • piraddict

    John, I missed it if you commented before, but why isn’t Dickerson playing 1B?

    • John Dreker

      The only thing I’ve heard about him playing outfield is for versatility. He can handle first base, but I don’t think he is seen as a starting first base option, so he could be turning into a Garrett Jones type aka lefty that can play corner OF/1B, although Dickerson can hit lefties better