AFL Recap: Davis and Cruz Help Saguaros to Victory

The Surprise Saguaros won 7-5 on Wednesday night. They played again on Thursday afternoon, with Henry Davis as the only Pittsburgh Pirates player in the starting lineup. He would be joined by Omar Cruz later in the game. Here’s a quick game recap.

Davis batted fifth and caught. He walked and scored a run in the second inning. He grounded out to shortstop in the third inning. He flew out to left field in the fifth. Davis doubled in the seventh, his fifth double of the fall in eight games. He finished 1-for-3 with a walk and run scored.

Omar Cruz pitched the sixth inning and had some control issues, but got out of the inning without any runs allowed. He had a strikeout and a fly out to start the frame, then got a ground out after the two walks. It was a long inning, with 26 pitches, 12 going for strikes. Cruz has allowed one run in 8.2 innings this fall, though he has walked eight batters.

Surprise won 7-0 to give them a 10-5 record, which is the best in the league at the halfway point.

Here’s the boxscore

Surprise has a 9:35 PM ET game on Friday night with Quinn Priester scheduled to start. You can view the live stream here.

 

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.

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PirateRican21

There’s an article on Davis over the gazette, he talks about the work he’s done with Kendall, staying healthy, swing changes and confident that he will debut in 2023. If he gets more than a cup at seasons ends I will be surprised, in a good way!

skliesen

If he performs well and/or there are injuries, I could see him come up at some point after Super 2 passes.

PirateRican21

He has barely played AA ball and not that well (31 games with an OPS of .703), it seems that a full year of AA with with AAA for the last couple of weeks is more likely.

roberto

Right. Plus he needs to develop as a catcher and learn a second position.

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