On Wednesday night in the Arizona Fall League, Scottsdale lost their 20th game, dropping an 8-5 decision to Salt River. It was the sixth straight loss for the Scorpions, who at one time had a 7-6 record. Since then, they are 3-14, leaving them with the worst record in the AFL. arizona_fall_league_logo

Alex Dickerson was the only Pittsburgh Pirates player in the starting lineup. He was batting fifth and playing left field. In his first AB, Dickerson grounded out to second base. He came up again in the fourth inning with the bases loaded and one out. Dickerson singled on a ground ball up the middle to drive home the first run for Scottsdale. Three batters later, he scored on a two-run single. In his third plate appearance, Dickerson was hit by a pitch.

In the seventh inning, Dickerson came up with two outs and men on the corners. The score was tied at 5-5 and Scottsdale just had a runner thrown out at home. Dickerson came up empty in the big spot, grounding out softly to third base on a 1-1 pitch to end the inning.

Matt Benedict came in to pitch the fifth inning with Scottsdale holding on to a 4-3 lead. He gave up a lead-off single, followed by a stolen base and a walk.  Benedict got the next batter to ground into a double play, leaving a man on third with two outs. The next hitter singled on a line drive to right field to tie the score. Benedict allowed another stolen base before recording the final out on a strikeout. That was his only inning of work. He threw 19 pitches, 11 went for strikes.

Scottsdale wraps up it’s season tomorrow afternoon.

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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.