AFL Recap: Nick Gonzales Homers in Peoria Victory

Peoria was at home taking on Scottsdale on Thursday afternoon. The Javelinas came into the day with an 8-9 record and 12 games remaining on the Arizona Fall League schedule. Two Pittsburgh Pirates were in the starting lineup, with Ji-hwan Bae in the DH spot batting first, and Nick Gonzales batting third and playing second base. Here’s a recap of their day.

Bae singled on a line drive to center field to start the bottom of the first inning. He stole third base two batters later, then scored the first run of the game. He walked to load the bases with two outs in the second inning. Bae struck out to end the fourth, then popped out to second base to end the sixth inning. He finished up 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored, along with his seventh stolen base. He’s now hitting .310 with an .857 OPS.

Gonzales drove in Bae with the first run of the game on a sacrifice fly. He reached on an error in the second inning, then grounded into a force out in the fifth and scored a run. Gonzales hit his second homer of the fall in the seventh inning, a solo shot. He went 1-for-3 with two runs and two RBIs. He’s now hitting .345 with a .977 OPS.

Here’s his homer

Peoria won 6-0.

Here’s the boxscore

Peoria will be at home tomorrow taking on Scottsdale again. Start time will be 3:35 PM EDT.

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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