AFL Recap: Nick Gonzales Stars Again in Fourth Victory

Yesterday’s Arizona Fall League game saw a big day from Nick Gonzales, as the Surprise Saguaros moved to 3-1 with an 8-6 win. On Friday, Gonzales and Henry Davis were the lone players in the starting lineup for Surprise. Here’s a recap of their day.

Gonzales batted second and played shortstop. He doubled in a run in the top of the first inning, then came around to score. He came up in the second with two runners in scoring position and hit a sacrifice fly. Gonzales committed a costly error in the second inning with two outs that led to an unearned run. He grounded out to end the fourth inning and grounded out to end the sixth inning as well.  He finished 1-for-3 with a double, run, 2 RBI.

Davis batted fifth and was behind the plate. He walked in his first plate appearance in the first inning, then scored a run. He flew out to center field to lead-off the third inning. Davis walked and stole a base in the fifth. He struck out swinging in the seventh. He went 0-for-2 with two walks, a steal and a run

Surprise won this game, beating the undefeated Peoria club to move to 4-1 on the season.

Here’s the boxscore. Surprise plays tomorrow at 6:05 PM

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Glad to see Nick off to a solid start. As for Hank and his base stealing…he seems like a very good athlete, especially for a catcher. Would he be able to pull off RF?

Wilbur Miller

I haven’t given up on my fantasy of Davis, Endy and Sabol as a three-man C/UT juggernaut. No more, “But the backup C can’t PH” BS.


Having both of them in the lineup sure makes sense but why not at first? Playing there is not that dissimilar from catching as you’re in the middle of everything and are used to balls coming at you from all directions as well as catching and blocking throws. Playing the outfield is a very different experience. Have them both learn and get experience at first base and alternate between the two. Why complicate things?


Seems like he and Endy will be able to bounce around a bit.

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