AFL Recap: Omar Cruz Shines on a Rough Night for the Hitters

The Surprise Saguaros came into Monday night with a 7-4 record. They played one of the late night games on Monday, with Nick Gonzales and Blake Sabol in the lineup. Here’s a recap of the action.

Nick Gonzales played third base and batted second. He struck out in the first inning, then struck out again in the third. He grounded out to shortstop in the sixth. Gonzales struck out again in the eighth. He finished 0-for-4, 3 Ks

Blake Sabol played left field and batted seventh. He struck out in the second inning, then struck out again in the fourth. Sabol grounded out to third base in the seventh, then struck out in the ninth. If that sounds familiar, it was the same night as Gonzales, finishing 0-for-4, 3 Ks

Omar Cruz came out of the bullpen in the sixth and had a quick inning that saw him allow a single. He threw 12 pitches total to get out of the inning. Cruz allowed a single in the seventh and had an even quicker inning thanks to a double play. He also had a strikeout, throwing ten pitches in the frame. He has now allowed one run over 7.2 innings, though that comes with six walks.

Surprise lost their fourth straight, 3-2 score.

Here’s the boxscore

Surprise plays tomorrow at 3:35 PM. Almost all of the AFL games are now live streamed and they can be found here.

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Amazing how the landscape of the AFL has changed. In past years it was primarily a young prospect A+/AA type comparative level League, but last night Connor Thomas started and pitched 4 innings with a 10/1 K/BB ratio. He’s 24 and started 25 games, 135 IP for Memphis in AAA.

Omar Cruz continues to do well. Converted earlier this year at AA from a SP to a RP seems to have helped. Throwing a mph or two higher in his prior appearances – any word on his velo last night?


An average MLB reliever dominated in minors. Visualize Edgar Santana in your head.

If Cruz doesn’t have a great K/Bb ratio and/or a minuscule WHIP in AAA I’m not thinking about him.


Thanks for the info – I remember you mentioning that before, but with the new stats being made available, I was hoping.

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