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AFL Recap: Two Hits Each for Cole Tucker and Will Craig


It was a busy day for Pittsburgh Pirates in the Arizona Fall League on Saturday. All three hitters were in the lineup and two of the three relievers made an appearance. The Surprise Saguaros were already eliminated from the playoffs before today, then they took on first place Peoria and lost 7-4.

Cole Tucker doubled to lead-off the game, then scored four batters later on a sacrifice fly (see below). It was his fourth double of the fall. Tucker struck out swinging in the second inning, then flew out to left field to end the fourth inning. He singled on a grounder to right field to lead-off the seventh, then grounded out to second base in the eighth. Tucker is now hitting .370/.435/.452 through 17 games. This was his fourth straight multi-hit game.

Here’s video of the double:

Bryan Reynolds walked in the first inning to load the bases. He struck out swinging in the third, then grounded out to first base in the fifth. He struck out swinging again in the seventh, then grounded out to shortstop in the ninth. Reynolds finished 0-for-4, giving him a .163/.323/.224 slash line through 14 games.

Will Craig hit a sacrifice fly in the first inning to score Cole Tucker and make it a 1-0 game. He missed a grand slam by a few feet on the sacrifice fly (see video below). He flew out to right field in the third inning, then flew out to left field in the fifth. Craig singled on a hard grounder (called a “scorcher” by an eyewitness) to third base in the eighth. He would score three batters later on a home run. Craig drove in another run in the ninth with a hard grounder up the middle, finishing his day 2-for-4 with two RBIs. He is hitting .275/.338/.493 through 18 games.

John Dreker
John Dreker
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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