Glendale came into Thursday night’s game with a 4-1 record this season. Reese McGuire was the only Pirate in the starting lineup. He batted third and was the designated hitter. The Desert Dogs won 7-5 and McGuire tied the score twice, plus he scored the go-ahead run.
McGuire came up in the first inning with runners on first and second and no outs. He flew out to left field on the sixth pitch, though it ended up being a productive out as both runners moved up 90 feet. In his next at-bat, McGuire hit a soft liner to shortstop for the third out of the third inning. In the sixth, he batted with a runner on third(after a first pitch steal), one out and his team down 3-2. McGuire tied the game, picking up an RBI on a ground out to third base. He reached first on a fielding error on the play.
In the eighth, McGuire came through again in a big spot. With his team down 5-3, he batted with one out and runners on the corners. McGuire doubled to center field on a 95 mph fastball, tying the score. He then came around to score the go-ahead run on a single. McGuire came up again in the ninth with two outs and two runners on. He couldn’t contribute this time, striking out swinging to end the inning. He finished the game 1-for-5 and he is 2-for-10 through three games.
Glendale plays Friday afternoon at 3:35pm EST.