A light day for action in the AFL on Thursday for the Pirates, but there was a small bit of news. Austin Meadows returned home for personal reasons, ending his time in Arizona with a .169/.194/.308 slash line in 16 games. That doesn’t include the home run he hit during the Fall-Stars game over the weekend. As far as time missed goes, the league ends next Thursday, so he only lost out on the last week of the season.
In the game on Thursday, Cody Dickson was the only Pirates’ player to see action. He came in during the fourth inning after Glendale’s new pitcher couldn’t record a single out. Andre Wheeler walked three batters and gave up a single before being removed. Dickson came on with the bases loaded and gave up a single, walk and sacrifice fly to allow all three inherited runners to score. He also gave up a single and another walk, which brought home a run charged to him, before getting a double play to retire the side.
Dickson threw 22 pitches, 11 for strikes. He was mostly throwing fastballs in the 91-92 mph range, but he mixed in a few 78-79 mph curves and 84-85 mph change-ups. Dickson has now pitched 7.2 innings over his eight AFL appearances, allowing seven runs on nine hits and eight walks, with five strikeouts.
Glendale won the game 11-7 to move to 11-12 on the season.