Austin Meadows and Reese McGuire were both in the lineup today. Meadows went 1-for-4 with two strikeouts. He looked fooled on the second strikeout, getting way ahead on a curveball in the dirt in the bottom of the 9th with a 2-2 count. His other strikeout came on a fastball on a 2-2 count.
McGuire went 0-for-3, but looked great on defense, throwing out two runners — one at second and one at first. The caught stealing at second base came against Tyler Austin, who has only been caught 7 times in 66 attempts (10.6%) in his minor league career. Between innings, McGuire was getting some advice from Bill Haselman, who is a manager in the Dodgers’ system, and caught parts of 13 seasons in the majors, with almost 3800 career big league innings behind the plate.
Check out the photos below of the day one action. My flight was delayed this morning, which led to a delay getting to Phoenix, so I spent most of the game getting caught up and taking photos. I also learned what a disaster the rental car process is at the Phoenix airport, where they bus you a few miles to a rental car center, rather than having the rental car companies in the terminal like a normal airport.
I’ll have some more AFL specific content tomorrow afternoon.[/tps_header]
Austin Meadows and Reese McGuire watching the action from the dugout while Glendale was at the plate.