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AFL Recap: Saguaros Get Help from Gonzales, Davis and Gonzalez in One-Sided Victory

After a win on Wednesday night, the Surprise Saguaros came into Thursday’s game with a 2.5 game lead in the standings and five games left in the schedule. Despite that first place spot, their playoff spot was not guaranteed. Thursday’s game saw Nick Gonzales, Henry Davis and Jacob Gonzalez in the starting lineup. Here’s a recap of the action.

Nick Gonzales batted third and played shortstop. He flew out to center field in the first. He walked in the third, then drew a bases loaded walk in the fourth. He grounded out in the fifth. Gonzales singled in the seventh. He grounded out in the ninth, leaving him 1-for-4 with two walks, an RBI and a run scored.

Henry Davis batted fifth and caught. He walked and scored a run in the second. He popped out to third base in the third inning, then hit a two-run double in the fourth, his sixth double of the fall. He also scored a run. He walked in the fifth, then grounded out in the seventh. Davis finished 1-for-3 with a double, two runs, two RBIs and two walks.

Jacob Gonzalez played first base and batted sixth. He singled and scored a run in the second. He popped out to second base in the third. He doubled in a run in the fourth, then grounded out to end the fifth. He lined out to left field in the eighth. He went 2-for-5 with a run, RBI and his first double.

Tahnaj Thomas came out for the seventh inning and got a ground ball for the first out. He walked the next batter on five pitches, then threw a wild pitch to get him to second base. Thomas struck out the next batter, throwing a wild pitch on strike three to get the runner to third base. A single brought in a run, then he walked the next batter. He picked up another strikeout to end the inning. He threw 27 pitches, with 13 going for strikes. He has allowed ten earned runs in 8.1 innings, with seven hits, eight walks and ten strikeouts.

Omar Cruz took the eighth and allowed a lead-off single. He got a line out and a pop up, the served up a double that brought home a run. The next batter popped out to second base. He threw 27 pitches with 17 strikes. Cruz has a 5.73 ERA in 11 innings, with 12 hits, nine walks and nine strikeouts.

Surprise won 12-4, pushing them to 16-10 and a half game away from clinching a playoff spot.

Here’s the boxscore

Surprise plays Friday afternoon at 3:35 PM ET. The game will be live streamed here.

The Fall-Stars roster will be announced on Friday. The game will be played on Sunday afternoon. We will have coverage of the roster announcement and the game recap.

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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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mpg43952

No surprise, saguaros are a thorny bunch.

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