On Wednesday night in the Arizona Fall League, Scottsdale took on first place Salt River and had a 4-0 lead after the first inning, only to lose 8-4 and get eliminated from the playoffs. Josh Bell was the DH and the only Pittsburgh Pirates player in the starting lineup. Adrian Sampson pitched in relief. There are seven games left in the AFL season.
Bell had a bases loaded single in the first inning, driving in two runs. He came around to score two batters later. Prior to Wednesday, Bell was 1-for-19 in his previous six games, though he did draw three walks on Tuesday. In the third inning, he collected his seventh double. In the fifth, Bell grounded out to third base to end the inning. In the eighth, he struck out swinging, giving him a 2-for-4 day at the plate.
Adrian Sampson pitched the ninth inning. He got the first batter to ground out to second base, then gave up an infield single to the second hitter. Three pitches later, that runner was thrown out trying to steal second base. Sampson walked the next batter on six pitches. The fourth hitter grounded out to shortstop on the first pitch, ending the inning. Sampson threw 15 pitches total, seven for strikes.
Tyler Glasnow is scheduled to make his sixth start on Thursday afternoon.
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