In the Arizona Fall League on Wednesday afternoon, the Surprise Saguaros lost 5-2 to Peoria. Two Pirates were in the starting lineup and Tanner Anderson was on the mound making his seventh start. Eric Wood played left field and batted fourth, while Jin-De Jhang caught and batted sixth.
Wood lined out to shortstop to end the first inning, then walked with two outs in the third inning. He popped out to second base for the second out of the sixth inning. Wood took a called strike on a full count in the eighth, coming up empty in a big spot. Surprise trailed by one, with no outs and a man on first base. The runner was going on the play and it ended up as a double play. Wood switched to third base on defense in the eighth inning and had one play. He finished 0-for-3 with a walk at the plate....
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