On Friday night in the Arizona Fall League, Scottsdale had Josh Bell, Dan Gamache and Elias Diaz batting 5-6-7 in the lineup. Early in the game, the trio faced Wei-Chung Wang, who was taken from the Pittsburgh Pirates in the Rule V draft by the Milwaukee Brewers. Scottsdale lost the game 6-5 to Glendale, dropping them to 5-5 on the season.
Bell was at first base and batting righty against Wang to start the game. In his first at-bat, he flew out to right field. He switched to lefty for his second at-bat and grounded out to second base. Bell switched back to hitting righty for his third at-bat and popped out to first base. For his fourth at-bat, he went back to the left side and singled. In the ninth inning, Bell singled again, making the score 6-5 with two outs, leaving him 2-for-5 on the day.
In the field, Bell made his second error, this time on a missed catch during an attempted double play. He handled ten other plays in the game, including a pop up and ground ball from the first two batters in the third inning.
Gamache was at third base and he singled in his first at-bat. He followed that with a walk in the fourth inning and then flew out to right field in the sixth. In the eighth inning, Gamache walked for the second time. In the ninth inning with two outs, his team down one and two runners on, Gamache struck out to end the game. He reached base three times and scored one run.
Diaz came into the game with a .133 average in 15 at-bats. In his first at-bat against Wang, he grounded into a double play that ended the second inning. In the fourth, he drove in Gamache with a two-out double. In was the first RBI for Diaz and second run of the game for Scottsdale. In the sixth, he lined out softly to second base.
Diaz came up in a huge spot in the eighth inning. With his team down 6-2 and two outs in the inning, he came to the plate with the bases loaded. He didn’t hit the ball hard, but reached on an infield single to shortstop, which scored a run. On defense, Diaz was 1-for-2 in throwing out runners.
Tyler Glasnow will be on the mound Saturday afternoon at Peoria. Scottsdale is off on Sunday.
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