Arizona Fall League

AFL Recap: Brubaker Pitches Well; Keller Named Pitcher of the Week

Keller earned the Pitcher of the Week honors in the AFL for his excellent performance last Monday. Photo Credit: Tim Williams
AFL Recap: Brubaker Pitches Well; Keller Named Pitcher of the Week
John Dreker

The Glendale Desert Dogs came into Tuesday's action with a 9-13 record, giving them eight games left in the fall season to make up a four-game deficit in the standings. Mitchell Tolman was the only Pirate in the starting lineup, while JT Brubaker came out of the bullpen. Glendale lost 6-1, with five of those runs being unearned.

Brubaker came into the day with a 3.86 ERA and ten strikeouts in 9.1 innings. He was called into Tuesday's game very early, getting in during the first inning when Surprise scored four runs. Brubaker allowed singles to the first two batters he faced, before getting a strikeout to end the inning.

In the second, Brubaker retired the side in order by getting two strikeouts and a ground out. The third inning wasn't much different with two ground outs and a strike...

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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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