AFL Recap: Hanson Triples, Makes Two Errors in Loss

In the Arizona Fall League on Monday night, Scottsdale dropped their fourth straight game, losing 7-6 at home to Mesa. The game included six errors from Scottsdale. The Scorpions are now 1-4 on the season. arizona_fall_league_logo

Alen Hanson was the only Pittsburgh Pirates player in the starting lineup and he had a tough night in the field. He made a fielding error in the first inning, then made a costly throwing error in the third inning that led to two unearned runs scoring. At the plate, Hanson was hitting second in the lineup. He grounded out to third base in the first inning, then grounded out weakly back to the pitcher in the third.

In the fourth inning, Hanson came to the plate with two men on and two outs, with his team trailing 6-4 on the scoreboard. He worked a 2-1 count before the runner from first base was thrown out stealing. Coming up in the fifth leading off, Hanson tripled, then scored on a ground out from the next batter. In his fourth AB, he grounded out for the third time and for the second time to the third baseman.

Hanson came up with two outs in the ninth and the bases empty, with his team still down by one run. He battled at the plate, working a full count and fouling off a couple pitches before striking out swinging to end the game. He finished 1-for-5 on the night and he is now 3-for-14 on the season.

If you missed it from earlier today, Jameson Taillon was replaced on the AFL roster by Phil Irwin. Taillon left due to a tweaked groin. He pitched two innings in the season opener.

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Just when you think (hope) Hanson is over his fielding woes, this happens.

I wonder if he’s another Ronny Cedeno….talented but loses focus.

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