Jase Bowen got on base twice, Cam Junker pitched a scoreless inning, and more Pittsburgh Pirates prospect action from the Arizona Fall League on Saturday
In Saturday Arizona Fall League play, the Salt River Rafters defeated the Glendale Desert Dogs 5-4. With the win, the Rafters have now won two games in a row to get back over .500 in the AFL at 12-11. A trio of Pittsburgh Pirates prospects played roles in teh Rafter victory.
Starting in right field for the Rafters was Jase Bowen. Throughout the AFL season Bowen has been one of the best hitters for the Rafters. After going hitless on Friday night, Bowen got back into the hit column on Saturday.
In the victory, Bowen was 1-for-3 with a run scored and a walk. The right-handed hitting Bowen now has 85 plate appearances in the AFL. In these 85 PAs he is hitting .329 to go with a strong OPS of .946.
Jack Brannigan was also in the lineup for the Rafters. Starting once again at shortstop, Brannigan was 0-for-2 with a strikeout and a RBI. In 70 PAs with the Rafters, Brannigan is now hitting just .172 with a .662 OPS as his struggles continue.
One Pirate pitching prospect also appeared in the game for the Rafters. This was righty Cam Junker. Junker pitched the 6th inning, posting a zero while allowing two hits and throwing 7 of 12 pitches for a strike.
Junker has now pitched 7 innings in the AFL. In those 7 innings he owns a 7.71 ERA. He's allowed 11 hits, he's hit a batter, walked 4, and struck out 8.