AFL Recap: Sabol and Gonzalez Homer

Surprise won 6-2 on Tuesday, pushing them to an 8-5 record, which was the best in the league at the end of play yesterday. They played the late game on Wednesday night with three Pittsburgh Pirates in the lineup. Here’s a recap of the game:

Nick Gonzales played third base and batted lead-off. He flew out to left field to start the game, then popped out to second base to end the third inning. He had an infield single in the fifth inning and scored a run, then flew out to center in the sixth. He had a 1-for-4 night

Blake Sabol batted sixth and he was the catcher. He struck out swinging in the second, then hit a grand slam in the fourth that tied the game 5-5. It was his first homer of the fall. He had a bases loaded chance the next inning and drew a walk, which scored Nick Gonzales. Sabol struck out in the eighth. He went 1-for-3 with a homer and a walk, with five RBIs.

Jacob Gonzalez batted seventh and he was the DH. He grounded out to shortstop in the second inning, then struck out in the fourth. He flew out to left field to end the fifth. He hit a solo homer in the eighth, which was his first hit of the fall. He went 1-for-4.

Colin Selby came out for the save in the ninth. He got a seven-pitch ground out for the first out. The second batter lined out to center field. The next batter walked on eight pitches. That was followed by a game-ending swinging strikeout for the 7-5 victory. He needed 24 pitches to get the save. Selby has allowed two runs in five innings over five appearances this fall.

Here’s the boxscore

Surprise has a 3:35 PM ET game on Thursday. You can view the live stream here.

Here’s the Sabol homer

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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emjayinTN

Sort of a strange game, but nice to come out a winner. The other team only had 2 hits, but worked 11 walks. That is Jerry Dipoto’s son who pitched a 3K inning of relief for the Sags.

Happy for Sabol and Gonzalez with HR’s. Sabol is one of those kids that hits well enough to keep coaches trying to figure out how to keep him in the lineup. The bat plays, but is there a glove at any position?

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first base is open

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