The Arizona Fall League opened up on Tuesday afternoon. For a preview of the seven Pirates in the league this year, check out our write-up here. After playing for Scottsdale in 2014 and Glendale in 2015, the Pirates are on the Surprise Saguaros this season. Surprise took the opening game by an 11-2 score.
Jin-De Jhang was the only Pirate in the Opening Day lineup. He batted seventh and was the DH. In his first at-bat, Jhang flew out to left field to end the second inning. In the third inning, he popped out to third base with the bases loaded, ending the frame. In the sixth inning, he grounded out to second base. Jhang singled with two outs in the seventh to load the bases, setting up the next batter for a two-run double to make the score 8-1. In the eighth, he grounded into a double play to end the inning, leaving him 1-for-5 on the day.
Surprise goes on the road tomorrow afternoon to face Peoria. That should be a busier game for the Pirates, as Connor Joe and Eric Wood were on the bench today, and none of the four pitchers saw action in this game.