AFL Recap: Canaan Smith-Njigba Reaches Base Four Times in Peoria Win

The Peoria Javelinas took on the first place Glendale Desert Dogs on Monday afternoon. Peoria with their 10-10 record, needed a victory in this game to help make up the 2.5 game difference in the standings with just nine games left on the schedule. Two Pittsburgh Pirates were in the lineup today, with Ji-hwan Bae batting lead-off and playing second base, while Canaan Smith-Njigba batted seventh and played left field. It was quite a surprise to see Smith-Njigba in the lineup since he started a brawl on Saturday, which always results in a suspension. Here’s a recap of today’s action.

Bae grounded out in his first at-bat in the first. He struck out in the second inning, then again in the third inning. He grounded out sharply to first base in the sixth inning. Bae flew out to center field in the eighth, ending an 0-for-5 day. He’s hitting .269 with a .758 OPS.

Smith-Njigba walked and scored a run in the second inning. He singled and scored a run in the third, then singled on a line drive to third base in the fifth. Smith-Njigba walked again in the seventh. He ended up 2-for-2 with two walks and two runs scored. He’s hitting .313 with an .896 OPS.

Peoria won 7-4.

Here’s the boxscore

Peoria plays tomorrow afternoon at 2:35 PM ET. They will be home against Mesa.

John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball.

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