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Monday, December 5, 2022

AFL Recap: Saguaros Move Closer to Playoff Spot

Our site returned last night with a new cleaner look and some added features. In case you missed it, here’s a recap of the AFL action you missed while we were offline for a few days. The Surprise Saguaros won 2-1 on Wednesday night to move to 15-10 on the season with five games left. While all six teams in the league still have a playoff shot and a shot at first place, they Saguaros now have a 2.5 game lead over second place. It was a light day for Pittsburgh Pirates seeing action, so here’s a quick game recap.

Nick Gonzales batted second and played second base. He walked in the first inning, then struck out swinging in the third. He grounded out to second base in the sixth inning, then flew out to center field in the eighth. He finished 0-for-3 with a walk. He’s hitting .237 with a .778 OPS in 66 plate appearances.

Blake Sabol caught and batted sixth. He struck out swinging in the second inning, then popped out to the catcher in the fourth. He popped out to third base in the seventh, leaving him 0-for-3 on the night. He’s hitting .205 with a .648 OPS in 47 plate appearances.

Here’s the boxscore

Surprise plays later today at 3:35 PM ET. You can live stream the game here.

The Fall-Stars teams will be announced on Friday. The game will be played on Sunday afternoon and will be live-streamed on MLB.com. If the World Series ends on Saturday, the game will also be on MLB Network.

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AdministrativeSky236

Not such a great AFL for our guys

TNBucs

I’ll be curious to read scouting reports of Gonzales’s time in the AFL. The .237 BA does not inspire hope for guy that was known for his hit tool, but the scouting takes will be more informative given the fairly SSS.

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