AFL Recap: Kevin Kramer and Mitchell Tolman Each Reach Base Twice in Saturday’s Loss

Glendale lost on Friday, giving them a 7-8 record at the halfway point of the Arizona Fall League season. They took on Mesa on Saturday afternoon with all three Pittsburgh Pirates in the lineup. Glendale held a 6-2 lead going into the bottom of the eighth, but ended up losing 9-6.

Shortstop Kevin Kramer batted second and formed a double play combo with Mitchell Tolman, who played third base in his last game. Kramer struck out in the first inning, then singled on fly ball to center field to lead off the third inning. He hit lead-off again in the fifth inning and walked, then scored on a home run. Kramer led off in the seventh as well and struck out swinging. He finished the eighth inning with a ground out to first base, leaving him 1-for-4 with a walk and a run scored. He has a .281 average in nine games. Kramer’s only play on defense was a 6-4-3 double play.

Logan Hill came into the day in a 1-for-15 slump over his last four games. He batted fifth in the lineup and struck out in his first at-bat. After flying out in the third inning, Hill struck out again in the fifth. He reached in the seventh inning on a walk, then grounded out to third base in the ninth, ending the game. Hill finished 0-for-4 with a walk and saw his average drop to .171 through ten games.

Mitchell Tolman batted ninth in the lineup and had a chance to break a 2-2 tie in the second inning. He flew out to center field with two men on base. Tolman walked in the fourth, then doubled in the sixth. It was his fifth double of the fall season. He grounded out to first base in the eighth inning. Tolman is hitting .188 with six walks.

  • If you add Hill and Tolman’s averages together it is over .300. these guys are not performing well.

  • Off topic, Charlie Morton pitching to his potential after all this time. Damn shame Astros blew this game and damm shame we wasted Morton with the pitch to contact didactic nonsense

    • Charlies problem was he couldnt stay healthy. Bucs gave him every opportunity. Happy to see him have a moment of glory but thats all it is.

    • Morton couldn’t make it as a starter who threw gas in his first two years with the bucs (4.55 and 7.59 era) That’s why they reworked his approach and delivery. He was solid with the “pitch to contact approach” but got hurt often.

  • I was at this game today, Tolman also made a nice defensive stop (7th inning I believe) and both Tolman and Kramer botched a potential double play (don’t recall) which inning due to what looked like miscommunication between the two.