While the Surprise Saguaros suffered an 11-1 blowout loss in Friday’s Arizona Fall League action, it was a busy day for Pittsburgh Pirates prospects
Through the first four weeks of Arizona Fall League action the Surprise Saguaros have played some good baseball. On Friday, however, things went sideways for the Saguaros in an 11-1 loss that dropped them to 13-9 on the season. It was a busy day for Pittsburgh Pirates prospects in the loss.
Three Pittsburgh Pirates prospects were in the starting lineup for the Saguaros. Also, the Saguaros used four pitchers in the game. All four of these pitchers are members of the Pirate farm system.
Henry Davis started behind the dish for the Saguaros and was 1-for-2, and, believe it or not, he was hit by a pitch. Davis now has 44 plate appearances in the AFL season. In these 43 PAs he owns an on-base percentage of .432 and an OPS of .892.
Blake Sabol started in left field for the Saguaros while Jacob Gonzalez was at first base. Sabol was 0-for-2 with a walk, two strikeouts, and he left a pair of runners on base. Gonzalez went 0-for-3 with a strikeout. Gonzalez also left two runners on base.
As we said above, it was a busy night for Pirate pitching prospects in the loss. Leading the way was starting pitcher Quinn Priester. Unfortunately, Priester struggled allowing 6 earned runs seven hits, two walks, and four strikeouts in 4 innings pitched. Priester now owns a 6.63 ERA to go with 18 strikeouts in 19 innings pitched this fall.
Entering Friday, lefty Omar Cruz had pitched extremely well for the Saguaros. On Friday, however, Cruz struggled mightily as he recorded just one out. Cruz allowed 4 runs on three hits, a walk, and a strikeout in a third of an inning pitched.
Tahnaj Thomas was then summoned to clean up Cruz’s mess. Thomas walked a pair of batters and allowed a run, but got the final two outs of the 5th inning. Righty Colin Selby pitched the 6th and final inning of the game, striking out a batter while working around a hit and walk while issuing a scoreless inning.