The Mesa Solar Sox lost 8-7 to the Surprise Saguaros today. Robbie Grossman made his third start in as many games, batting third this time around, rather than leadoff. Grossman went 1-for-4 on the day with a double, a walk, and a strikeout. Grossman has recorded a hit in each of his three games this year in the AFL, playing right field in all three.
Michael Colla made his debut, pitching 1.2 innings. Colla allowed an unearned run on one hit and one walk, while striking out two. The run ended up being the deciding factor, although that was only because Mesa closed the gap with a run in the bottom of the ninth.
Mesa plays tomorrow afternoon at 3:35 PM EST against Salt River.
Tim started Pirates Prospects in 2009 from his home in Virginia, which was 40 minutes from where Pedro Alvarez made his pro debut in Lynchburg. That year, the Lynchburg Hillcats won the Carolina League championship, and Pirates Prospects was born from Tim's reporting along the way. The site has grown over the years to include many more writers, and Tim has gone on to become a credentialed MLB reporter, producing Pirates Prospects each year, and will publish his 11th Prospect Guide this offseason. He has also served as the Pittsburgh Pirates correspondent for Baseball America since 2019. Behind the scenes, Tim is an avid music lover, and most of the money he gets paid to run this site goes to vinyl records.