AFL Recap: Peoria Loses a Tough One as the Final Week of the Season Starts Off Poorly

Monday began the final week of the Arizona Fall League season. Ji-hwan Bae was the only member of the Pittsburgh Pirates in the starting lineup today, as Peoria was on the road to take on Glendale in a game scheduled for seven innings. He was batting second and playing second base. He also ended up being the only Pirates player to appear in the game. Here’s a recap:

Bae grounded out to second base to start the game. He flew out to right field in the third inning. He tried to bunt for a hit in the sixth and was thrown out by the pitcher. Bae was called out on strikes in the seventh inning. His team lost 2-1 on a walk-off single in the seventh. He went 0-for-4, knocking him down to a .237 average and a .675 OPS. He’s just a few games removed from being one of the top average/OBP hitters in the league, showing how small of a sample size this season has been so far.

Here’s the boxscore

Peoria is at Mesa tomorrow night at 8:35 PM ET, with Roansy Contreras making his final AFL start. On Wednesday afternoon, Michael Burrows is the scheduled starter. Peoria trails by two games in the standings, so every game is a must win at this point with four games left.