AFL Recap: Hearn Throws Three Shutout Innings; Tolman and Hill Provide Offense in Win

Glendale needs a late run to make the playoffs this season and they are doing their part over the last three games. After dropping to a 9-14 record on Tuesday, they have won three straight games, including a 12-7 victory on Saturday over Scottsdale. Taylor Hearn made his third AFL start and the entire batting order contributed on offense, picking up 16 hits and five walks. Both Mitchell Tolman and Logan Hill were in the lineup.

Hearn made his second start of the week on Saturday. He allowed one run over three innings on Monday. He started this game with a ground out to Mitchell Tolman at second base. The next batter lined out to center field, then Hearn served up a two-out single. He got a ground out to get out of the inning.

The second inning started with a hit batter, who was erased on a caught stealing. Hearn struck out the next batter, before getting a fly ball to center field to end the inning. The third inning was very quick, with three ground outs to retire the side in order. Hearn threw 37 pitches, with 23 going for strikes.

Hearn gave up four runs on October 20th, while recording just two outs. In his other six AFL appearances combined, he has allowed one run on six hits over 14 innings. Tim Williams recently wrote about the new slider that Hearn is throwing in the AFL.

Logan Hill started his day with a two-run double in the second inning, his fourth double of the fall. He flew out in the fourth, then lined out in the fifth. In the seventh, Hill singled up the middle, then scored two batters later. He grounded out to third base in the eighth inning, leaving him 2-for-5 on the day, with two runs scored and two RBIs.

Mitchell Tolman grounded out to second base to end the second inning. In the fourth, he singled on a line drive to center field. Tolman singled again in the sixth, then hit an RBI single in the seventh. He struck out swinging in the ninth, leaving him 3-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored. He raised his average 41 points in this game by breaking a 3-for-32 slump over his last nine games.

** After an off-day on Sunday, Glendale will finish their season with two games against Mesa and two versus Salt River next week. If you need a baseball fix, the Peoria/Surprise game is on MLB Network tonight at 8 PM.




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Individual Pitching stats for the AFL have 3 Pirates in the Top 20 – #9 Keller, 1.37 ERA in 20 IP, #10 Waddell, 1.38 ERA in 13 IP, and #18 Hearn at 2.45 ERA in 15 IP. And, Brubaker is close at #23 . About 75 pitchers listed.

Robert J

SSS in an uneven league.

Blaine Huff

I am really starting to get onboard the Hearn-train. Hopefully he stays healthy and keeps progressing. I’d love to see him as the #3 /4 behind Taillon, Keller (and, maybe, Glasnow?) in 2019ish.


Hard to disagree, but I can see a spirited effort by Hearn, Brault, and Waddell for that LHSP spot in the Rotation. I think we all know that Cole will be gone as soon as a decent offer is made, and Nova also, but Kuhl and Williams? Combined 56 Starts, 307 IP, 4.10 ERA, 4.1 WAR in 2017, and both only 25 with only 1 year of MLB Service apiece – that’s going to be a tough call

Blaine Huff

I like Kuhl and Williams…a lot. But I see their ceilings as somewhere between a weak #3 starter. If they both hit their ceilings, having them hold down the 4/5 spots and making the league minimum is great.

Taillon can be a legit 2, I think Keller can be a 1/2. Glasnow has #1 written all over him…if he can overcome himself. Hearn might too out as a 2/3.

If those guys pan out, Kuhl and Williams shouldn’t block any of them.

Waddell will be interesting…not quite sure what to make of him yet…Brault I’m also clueless on, he has AAA mastered, but hasn’t impressed at the big leagues. I’m tempted to say he just hasn’t been given an extended chance to prove himself, but I’m wondering whether he has the confidence of management to get that opportunity. If the Pirates decide to make some sort of deal for established talent this season, I think, at least, Brault and possibly Kingham will be part of a package.


Maxing out on Taillon, Keller, and Glasnow would truly be a trifecta, but I think 2018 is the time to turn the clock forward.

Gerrit Cole had that hungry look in 2013, 2014, and 2015 when he went 40-20. Then we decided to insult him by paying him the minimum in his last year before qualifying for arbitration. We could have paid him some amount in the low 7 figures as a recognition of a 19-8 year, but we decided that pissing him off would be the proper way to go. 19-22 since,

Make the trade and add whatever is necessary to get what is needed. Verlander showed how important a guy like Cole can be to any contender.


If Cole is going to pout about his contract, then see ya. Very rarely do players receive more than the minimum. I remember Trout not getting what he wanted, but he still produced, Cole was just bad last year…Really doubt his contract played that big of a role… Not like he doesn’t have any money with his signing bonus he received from the draft.

Mike G

Break out the brooms, the dogs will sweep.

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