Peoria came into Saturday night’s game on the road in Surprise with a 3-6 record. Two Pittsburgh Pirates were in the lineup tonight, batting in the top two spots in the order. Ji-hwan Bae batted lead-off and he was the DH. Nick Gonzales batted second and played second base. Here’s a recap of their night:
Bae struck out swinging to start the game. He flew out to left field to end the second inning, then grounded out in the fifth. Bae picked up a single in the eighth on a line drive into left field. He then flew out to center field in the ninth, leaving him 1-for-5 with a single. He’s hitting .303, with an .809 OPS.
Gonzales struck out in the first inning and the third inning. His day didn’t get any better in the fifth, which he ended by grounding into a double play. He flew out to center field in the eighth, then flew out to right field to end the game, giving him a forgettable 0-for-5 night. He’s batting .241, with a .678 OPS.
Peoria lost 10-6, dropping them to 3-7 to end the second week of action.
Peoria is off on Sunday and Monday.
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.