On Thursday afternoon in the Arizona Fall League, the Surprise Saguaros defeated Salt River by a 4-2 score to win the division and move on to the championship game on Saturday. The Saguaros came into the last day in first place and had three ways they could have made the playoffs in this game. Either a win or a tie would have got them the division title. A tie in the game between Glendale and Peoria also would have given them the division. A loss meant that the winner of the Glendale/Peoria game would have won the division.
Eric Wood was the only Pirate in the starting lineup. He batted third and played third base. Wood struck out swinging to end the first inning. He singled on a line drive to right field in the fourth inning. In the fifth, Wood came up with one out and the bases loaded...
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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.