Arizona Fall League

AFL: Surprise Drops a 6-1 Decision to Mesa in Championship Game

Eric Wood drove in a league high 20 runs during the AFL season, but came up empty on Saturday. Photo Credit: Tim Williams
AFL: Surprise Drops a 6-1 Decision to Mesa in Championship Game
John Dreker

On Saturday afternoon in the Arizona Fall League, the Surprise Saguaros played Mesa for the league title. They went down 3-0 in the first, then had a 5-0 deficit by the third inning. Surprise ended up losing 6-1 to drop the championship game. The Saguaros had just two hits in the game.

Eric Wood was the only Pirate in the starting lineup. He batted third and played left field. Wood grounded out to third base on a 2-0 pitch to end the top of the first inning. He struck out swinging to end the fourth, as the Mesa pitcher (Dylan Covey) retired the first 12 batters he faced. Wood lined out to left field in the seventh. He came up with two outs in the ninth and struck out looking to end the game.

Alex McRae came out to pitch the third inning and his first pitch hit the lead-off batter. Tw...

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Arizona Fall League
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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