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AFL Recap: Gonzales Helps National League Fall-Stars to Victory

The Arizona Fall League version of the All-Star game took place on Sunday. The Pittsburgh Pirates had three players selected to the Fall-Stars game, Nick Gonzales, Henry Davis and Quinn Priester, who was unavailable because he pitched four innings/72 pitches on Friday. Here’s a quick recap of the game.

Gonzales started the game at second base and he batted ninth. He struck out swinging to end the second inning. He hit an RBI double in the fifth, in what was his only other at-bat. Video can be seen below.

That was it for the Pirates, as Davis didn’t play. However, he did take batting practice and here’s a pretty good video of that.

The National League won 9-3, though it should have gone down as a 7-3 victory. They played the bottom of the ninth to get more players in the game and the NL added two runs. Davis was one of five available players who didn’t get into the game.

Here’s the boxscore

The Surprise Saguaros resume play on Tuesday at 8:35 PM ET. The have already clinched first place and they will play in Sunday’s Championship game, which will be broadcast on MLB Network.

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MD78

Totally ridiculous that Davis did not get an AB. They played the bottom of the 9th to get more players in but let Veen and Walker bat for a 5th time but no Davis. Total farce in that regard.

Nick G looked awful with his K then hit a 2 strike slider away off the RF fence for a double the next time up.

Why do the Cardinals out develop and perform? The 2020 draft was 5 rounds. The Cards got 4 top 100 prospects out of it. Amazing. They taught Jordan Walker to stop his high leg kick and now he hits opposite field rockets. They have a pitcher who barely weights 170 lbs. throwing 100 mph, an outfielder who already has reached the majors and a ss who is a freak athlete.

SufferinBuccotash

“Why do the Cardinals out develop and perform? The 2020 draft was 5 rounds. The Cards got 4 top 100 prospects out of it. Amazing. ”

I heard that on the broadcast and thought the exact same thing…..

At least Davis didn’t get a HBP in batting practice….

Last edited 27 days ago by SufferinBuccotash
jon6er

Yeah, but other than that, lol.

PirateRican21

He seems to be at his best when he goes to right center.

skliesen

Nice swing Nick. Looking forward to seeing a lot more of that in Pittsburgh starting in 2023.

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