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AFL Recap: Mitchell Tolman Homers, Drives In Four Runs in Glendale Victory

Mitchell Tolman homered on Monday afternoon. Photo Credit: Tim Williams
AFL Recap: Mitchell Tolman Homers, Drives In Four Runs in Glendale Victory
John Dreker

Glendale came into Monday’s action riding a three-game winning streak and they need to win every game this week for a chance at the playoffs. Coming into the day, they trailed first place Peoria by three games, with four games left on the schedule. Mitchell Tolman was in the lineup on Monday and Brandon Waddell came out of the bullpen, as Glendale won 10-3 over Mesa.

Mitchell Tolman was in a 2-for-29 slump going into action last Friday. He went 1-for-3 with a walk that day, then picked up three hits on Saturday. After the team had off on Sunday, he picked right back up where he left off. Tolman hit a three-run homer in his first at-bat on Monday to give Glendale a 4-0 lead. By his second at-bat, the game was out of hand already. Tolman made it 9-0 with an RBI ground out. He was called out on strikes in the fifth inning,  then grounded out to shortstop in the seventh, leaving him 1-for-4 with four RBIs.

Brandon Waddell came out for the top of the fifth inning. He allowed a lead-off single, then picked up a strikeout for the first out. Waddell walked the next batter, then served up a single to load the bases. He picked up another strikeout for the second out, then got himself into trouble. Waddell got the next batter to hit the ball back to him, but he threw it away for an error, which scored two runs. That was followed by a wild pitch to bring in a third run. Waddell then picked up his third strikeout to end the inning. He threw 28 pitches in the frame, 18 for strikes.

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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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