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Thursday, December 8, 2022

AFL Recap: Three Pirates Each Reach Base Once in Saguaros Loss

The Surprise Saguaros won 5-4 on Wednesday afternoon to move to 13-7 on the season, giving them the best record in the Arizona Fall League with ten games left in the schedule. The lineup on Thursday had Nick Gonzales, Blake Sabol and Henry Davis. Quinn Priester was listed as the starter since Monday, and even the original lineup for this game had him starting, but he’s now listed for Friday afternoon’s game. Here’s Thursday’s recap.

Nick Gonzales played third base and batted second. He struck out swinging in the first inning and then again in the third inning. He singled on a line drive to center field in the sixth. He grounded out to third base in the seventh. He finished 1-for-4 and is now hitting .271 with an .896 OPS

Henry Davis batted fourth and served as the DH. He struck out to start the second inning, then walked in the fourth. He flew out to center field in the fifth, then flew out to center field again in the eighth. Davis went 0-for-3 with a walk. He’s now batting .256 with an .877 OPS.

Blake Sabol batted sixth and played left field. He popped out to second base in the second inning. He flew out to center field to start the fourth inning. He singled on a line drive to center field in the sixth. Sabol flew out to right field in the eighth. He finished 1-for-4 and now has a .235 average and a .719 OPS.

Surprise lost 6-3

Here’s the boxscore

Surprise plays Friday afternoon at 3:35 PM ET. You can live stream the game here. As mentioned above, it should be Quinn Priester pitching, though we saw how that worked out for tonight’s game.

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