AFL Recap: Big Game for Nick Gonzales as Peoria Scores 16 Runs for the Narrow Victory

Peoria came into Saturday afternoon’s game with¬† a 6-8 record. They were on the road in Mesa, taking on the 7-7 Solar Sox. Nick Gonzales was hitting lead-off and playing second base in this game. He was the only Pittsburgh Pirates player in the starting lineup.

Gonzales singled to start the game, then scored one batter later on a sacrifice fly, after former Pirates prospect Conner Loeprich threw two wild pitches to get Gonzales to third base. He singled on a grounder up the middle in the second inning. He lined out to second base in the fourth, then flew out to center field in the fifth. In the sixth inning, Gonzales connected on a bases loaded triple to make it an 11-6 score. He walked in the ninth to cap off his night. He went 3-for-5 with three runs scored, three RBIs and a walk, as Peoria won 16-13. He’s hitting .348 with a .901 OPS.

Here is video of his triple:

Here’s the boxscore

This game brought us to the halfway point of the Arizona Fall League season. All of the teams are off on Sunday. Peoria will be back on Monday at 3:35 PM EDT, and the game will be the same situation as today, with the Javelinas on the road against Mesa.

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