AFL Recap: Davis, Gonzales and Thomas Contribute to Victory

The Surprise Saguaros dropped to 7-5 with a loss on Monday night that saw three Pittsburgh Pirates get into the game. Both Henry Davis and Nick Gonzales were in the starting lineup on Tuesday afternoon. Davis is playing for the first time in five days, missing time after he got hit by a back-swing while on defense. Here’s a recap of today’s action.

Gonzales batted lead-off and played shortstop. He hit a soft liner to shortstop for the first out of the game. He reached on an error in the fourth, which was the first base runner of the game for Surprise. He scored a run on a sacrifice fly two batters later. Gonzales struck out in the fifth and then again in the seventh. He salvaged his day in a big way in the ninth with a two-run homer, his second of the fall. He went 1-for-5 with two runs and two RBIs

Davis hit third and he was behind the plate. He struck out swinging on three pitches to end the top of the first. Davis hit the fourth inning sacrifice fly that scored Gonzales with the first run of the game. He struck out again in the sixth, then hit his fourth double of the fall in the eighth inning. He finished 1-for-3 with a double and RBI

Tahnaj Thomas came out for the fifth inning and struck out the side on 17 pitches, twice going full count on the hitters. That was his only inning of work. He came into the day with eight runs allowed in 3.2 innings this fall. He allowed eight runs total of his final 36.1 innings (June 1st to end of season) during the regular season.

Surprise won 6-2.

Here’s the boxscore

Surprise plays tomorrow night at 9:35 PM. Games are streamed here.

Here’s the double from Davis

Here’s the homer from Gonzales

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.

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Catching one on the noggin from a back swing. Davis can’t catch a break.


Henry is finally approaching 250 professional at bats. Let’s hope next year he plays a full season.


Your lips to God’s ears, PR!

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