AFL Recap: Peoria Drops the Season Opener

The 2021 Arizona Fall League had their Opening Day on Wednesday and two Pittsburgh Pirates were in action for the Peoria Javelinas. If you missed it from earlier, the AFL preview was posted this morning on PBN. The starting lineup today had Nick Gonzales batting second and playing second base, while Canaan Smith-Njigba was in left field and batting sixth. Here’s a summary of their day.

Gonzales walked in his first plate appearance. He had a big chance in the second inning when he came up with the bases loaded and two outs, but he struck out. He popped out to first base in the fifth inning, then reached on an infield single in the sixth. He grounded into a double play in the eighth, finishing 1-for-4 with a walk.

Smith-Njigba walked to open up the second inning, then walked again in the third. He struck out swinging to end the fifth and grounded out to first base with the bases loaded to end the sixth inning. In the ninth, he doubled with the score tied and one out, but he was left stranded. Peoria lost 6-5 on a walk-off walk in the bottom of the inning. He went 1-for-3 with a double and two walks.

Here’s the boxscore

Peoria is home tomorrow to take on Glendale at 3:35 PM EDT.