The first (not full) week of the Arizona Fall League season wrapped up on Saturday. Peoria came into the day with an 0-3 record. Two Pittsburgh Pirates were in the starting lineup, batting at the top. Ji-hwan Bae led off and played second base. Nick Gonzales batted second and he was the DH today. Here’s a recap of the action.
Bae lined out to left field in his first at-bat. He made the score 1-0 in the third inning by bringing in the first run of the game with a sacrifice fly. In the fifth, he failed on an attempt to reach on a bunt. Bae flew out to left field in the seventh and he grounded out to the pitcher in the ninth, leaving him 0-for-4 with an RBI. He went 3-for-10 with a homer and three walks in the first week.
Gonzales grounded out to second base in the first inning. He hit a ground rule double to center field in the third inning, his second double of the fall. He struck out in the fifth, then grounded out to shortstop to end the seventh. In the ninth, he reached on an infield single with two outs. He finished 2-for-5 and hit .308 in the first week.
Peoria lost 8-2 to drop to 0-4 on the 30-game season
The AFL is off on Sundays. Play resumes on Monday with Peoria hosting Surprise at 3:35 PM EDT.
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