After dropping the opener of the Arizona Fall League season on Wednesday, Peoria was back at it on Thursday, this time at home against the Glendale Desert Dogs. Ji-hwan Bae was the only player for the Pittsburgh Pirates in the starting lineup. He batted second and played second base, the same spot/position as Nick Gonzales in the opener.
Bae walked in the first inning and scored a run, then did the same thing in the third inning. In the fourth inning, he lined out to first base. He walked again in the sixth and then scored from first on a double. In the eighth inning, he hit a two-run homer. Bae finished 1-for-2 with a homer, three walks, four runs scored and two RBIs.
Canaan Smith-Njigba pinch-hit with two outs in the ninth, representing the tying run, but he struck out to end the game.
Peoria lost 11-9. They have a night game tomorrow at 9:35 PM EDT at home against Salt River.
No Pirates have pitched yet and none of them are listed as the Friday/Saturday starters, so we could see a group of them go in relief during the same game in the next two days.
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