AFL Recap: Three Shutout Innings for Irwin, Walk-Off Hit for Dickerson
Oct19

AFL Recap: Three Shutout Innings for Irwin, Walk-Off Hit for Dickerson

Scottsdale needed extra innings to defeat Glendale 2-1 tonight and it was a Pittsburgh Pirates player providing the walk-off dramatics in the tenth inning. The Scorpions are now 3-6 on the year. The bigger news from this game is that Phil Irwin returned to action for the first time since May 2nd. He pitched just three games this season, one for the Pirates. He injured his elbow and needed surgery, causing him to miss the rest of the...

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2013 Altoona Curve Season Recap and Top 10 Prospects
Oct18

2013 Altoona Curve Season Recap and Top 10 Prospects

Altoona had an impressive group of prospects throughout the year, although they didn’t start off with a good looking team. The breakouts of Andrew Lambo and Stolmy Pimentel, plus the mid-season promotions of Gregory Polanco, Alen Hanson, and Nick Kingham, turned the Altoona Curve into one of the most talented teams in the minors throughout the 2013 season. Below is a recap of the hitters and pitchers at the level, followed by...

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AFL Recap: Alex Dickerson Has Two Hits in Loss
Oct17

AFL Recap: Alex Dickerson Has Two Hits in Loss

After breaking a five game losing streak last night, Scottsdale lost 10-5 to Surprise on Thursday afternoon to drop to 2-6 on the season. Two Pittsburgh Pirates players were in the starting lineup today, after none started in last night’s game.  Alen Hanson was batting second today after batting lead-off in his last start. He reached on a bunt single in his first AB, then came around to score the first run of the game two...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2013 Season Recap: First Base
Oct16

Pittsburgh Pirates 2013 Season Recap: First Base

The Pittsburgh Pirates have tried a platoon with Garrett Jones for the past three seasons. In 2011 they brought in Matt Diaz and tried to platoon both players in right field. Jones held up his end of the platoon, with an .808 OPS against right-handers. Diaz didn’t hold up his end, with a .704 OPS against left-handers. What made matters worse was that Lyle Overbay struggled at first base, leading to Jones getting more playing...

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AFL Recap: Alex Dickerson and Gift Ngoepe Double in Loss
Oct15

AFL Recap: Alex Dickerson and Gift Ngoepe Double in Loss

Mesa knocked off Scottsdale for the second straight day, winning on Tuesday afternoon by a 7-4 score. It was the fifth straight loss for the Scorpions, who used five different Pirates players today. At the plate, Scottsdale continued to have trouble making contact, following up a 17 strikeout game on Friday, with 15 strikeouts on Tuesday. For the first time, three Pittsburgh Pirates players were in the starting lineup. Alen Hanson was...

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