AFL Recap: Henry Davis Homers in Saguaros Victory

The Surprise Saguaros pulled off a one-sided win on Thursday to move to 10-5 on the season, giving them the best record in the Arizona Fall League at the halfway point. They sent out Quinn Priester on Friday night, with Henry Davis as his catcher. Blake Sabol and Jacob Gonzalez were also in the lineup, Here are the details.

Priester had a quick first inning, throwing ten pitches to get three ground outs. An error led to the lead-off hitter in the second inning reaching base. Priester struck out the next two batters, but followed with a walk and a single to score an unearned run. He got the final out on a grounder back to the mound. That ended his night after 32 total pitches. A reporter at the game said he seemed to be having an issue with his left foot mid-inning, but he still finished the inning, throwing some warm-up pitches and another 13 pitches after a visit from the trainer, so the removal was probably just precautionary. See video below.

Sabol batted fourth and played left field. He grounded out to end the first inning. He walked in the fourth inning and scored a run. He struck out in the fifth, then flew out to center in the seventh. He went 0-for-3 with a run scored and a walk.

Davis caught and batted fifth. He singled off of the third baseman in the second. He struck out in the fourth, then hit his first home run of the fall in the fifth inning (video below). It wouldn’t be an official game if he didn’t get hit by a pitch and luckily he got that out of the way in the seventh inning, then scored a run. He finished 2-for-3 with a HR, RBI, two runs, HBP

Gonzalez played first base and he batted eighth. He struck out to end the second inning. He singled in the fourth, then struck out in the fifth. He had a sacrifice fly in the seventh. He went 1-for-3 with an RBI.

Tahnaj Thomas came out in the final inning (seventh) and walked the lead-off batter. He struck out the next guy on three pitches, then got a double play one pitch later to end the game. His ERA is still hurt by a poor outing. He has allowed eight runs in 5.2 innings.

Here’s the boxscore

Surprise plays Saturday night at 9:35 PM ET.  The game will not be live streamed, as they are playing a special tripleheader in Phoenix.

Davis homer

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TNBucs

WRT to Davis, I love his quote to Mackey about the Pirates needing to move from being player-centric to winning-centric.

Wilbur Miller

Damn, that nailed it.

TNBucs

I appreciate the Pirates sending Gonzales and Gonzalez to the AFL to give us fans practice at distinguishing between the two names.

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