A big day at the plate for Jack Brannigan, four pitchers toe the rubber, and more Pittsburgh Pirates prospect action from Wednesday night's Arizona Fall League action
Wednesday night's Arizona Fall League action had a big time Pittsburgh Pirates flare. In a 7-4 victory for the Salt River Rafters, six Pirate prospects saw action. With this win, the Rafters are now over .500 in the AFL season with a 5-4 record.
Jase Bowen started at first base for the Rafters. Despite going 0-for-3 with a strikeout, Bowen did draw a pair of walks. With this performance, Bowen is now hitting .361 with an OPS of 1.008 thus far in AFL play.
Jack Brannigan was also in the lineup for the Rafters. Brannigan started at shortstop and went 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles, two runs scored, two RBI, and he was hit by a pitch. Brannigan has been starting to heat up at the plate following a slow start in the AFL and now has three doubles.
Lefty Nick Dombkowski started for the Rafter. Dombkowski allowed two hits, walked three, and struck out four in 2 scoreless innings pitched. Dombkowski threw 22 of 46 pitches for strikes. Fellow lefty J.C. Flowers followed Dombkowski with 3 innings of his own. Flowers struck out four, did not walk a batter, and the lone run he allowed came via a solo home run.
The winning pitcher for the Rafters was Cam Junker. The righty allowed a run on three hits, no walks, and two strikeouts in the 6th inning. In the 8th inning another left-handed Pirate relief pitching prospect, Tyler Samaniego, took the mound. Samaniego allowed a hit and walked a batter, but struck out a pair in a scoreless inning of work.
Continued to stay tuned here at Rum Bunter for further coverage of how Pirate prospects are performing in the AFL.