AFL Recap: Bae and Gonzales Pick Up Hits in the Fall-Stars Game

We are posting an AFL Live thread tonight early as a reminder that the Arizona Fall League Fall-Stars game will be televised on MLB Network tonight at 7 PM ET. The Pittsburgh Pirates will be represented by infielders Ji-hwan Bae and Nick Gonzales. Check back later for a recap of their performances.

Gonzales is in the starting lineup at second base and batting second for the West Squad.

In case you can’t watch, here’s the boxscore

Gonzales singled to the right-center gap in the first inning after swinging through the first two pitches. He scored on a sacrifice fly two batters later. Gonzales committed an error in the first inning when he dropped a ball as he was transferring it from his glove to his throwing hand. He struck out swinging in the second inning. He flew out to right field in the fifth, then left for a defensive replacement.

Ji-hwan Bae came on in the fifth as a defensive replacement in center field. He reached on an infield single in the sixth, stole second base, then scored two batters later on a triple. Bae reached on a slow grounder that was ruled an error in the eighth.

The East won 6-5, though they decided to play the bottom of the ninth anyway to get all of the players into the game.

Peoria resumes play on Monday at 2:35 PM ET on the road versus Glendale. They trail by two games in the standings with five games left on the season.

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