AFL: Gamache Drives in Run During Scottsdale’s Extra Inning Victory

On Saturday in the Arizona Fall League, Dan Gamache was the only Pirates player in the starting lineup. He batted third and played second base, while both Elias Diaz and Josh Bell sat out their second straight game. Adrian Sampson came on to pitch the seventh inning, his second relief appearance. Scottsdale moved to 3-2 on the season with a 7-6 win over Surprise in ten innings.

Gamache grounded out to first base in the first inning, bringing home Scottdale’s first run(that’s a lot of firsts). In the third inning, he grounded out to shortstop Trea Turner, but reached on an error. In the fifth inning, Gamache was called out on strikes. In the seventh, he reached on an infield single, giving him hits in all three games he has played. In the ninth, he drew a two-out walk.

Adrian Sampson plunked Hunter Renfroe to start the seventh inning.  After a pop out to Gamache and a strikeout, Sampson gave up back-to-back singles to score Renfroe. He got a fly ball to right field to end the inning.

Surprise is the first stadium Scottsdale has played at this season that has PITCHf/x in place. Sampson threw 18 pitches in his inning, 11 for strikes. He threw ten fastballs, all ranging from 90-92 MPH. He threw six sliders(84-86 MPH) and two change-ups(86-87 MPH).

The AFL is off on Sunday. Scottsdale resumes play on Monday night at home against Mesa.

John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball.

When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.

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