The Arizona Fall League started on Wednesday night. We posted a preview of the Pittsburgh Pirates in the league earlier in the day. The Peoria Javelinas opened their season with a 10-6 win over Salt River.
Jared Oliva started in left field and batted third. He went 1-for-4 with a double, walk and two runs scored. Oliva also grounded out twice and struck out once.
Oneil Cruz was at shortstop and he batted fifth. He went 1-for-5 with an RBI single and a run scored off of Shane Baz, who got touched up for six runs (plus two inherited runs scored) in 1.2 innings. Cruz had two strikeouts and committed a first inning error that led to four unearned runs.
Here’s the Cruz hit off of Baz…
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Blake Cederlind had a rough debut, looking more like the pre-2019 version of himself. He was hitting 100 MPH consistently this year, but tonight he was 94-96, hitting 98 MPH once. His control was poor as well, with three walks and two wild pitches in one inning. He gave up one run on a solo homer. Cederlind used all four of his pitches in his lone inning, throwing mostly fastballs, while mixing in his slider, curve and changeup.
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