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AFL Recap: Saguaros Win Again

The Surprise Saguaros clinched a spot in Sunday’s championship game over the past weekend, so their last three games this week are meaningless in the standings. The play tonight, Wednesday and Thursday, then wait to see who wins Saturday’s playoff game, to find out who they host at home on Sunday. Tuesday’s lineup was a quiet one for the Pittsburgh Pirates, with Jacob Gonzalez as the only starter. He would be joined by some Pirates relievers in the game later on. Here’s the quick game recap.

Gonzalez batted eighth and served as the DH. He flew out to center field to end the second inning. He struck out swinging leading off the fourth inning. He flew out to right field in the sixth, then grounded into a force out in the eighth and scored a run. He finished 0-for-4, giving him a .161 average.

Omar Cruz came out for the sixth inning. He struck out the first batter he faced on six pitches, then walked the next guy on eight pitches. That was followed by a single, strikeout and a fly out for a scoreless inning. He threw 26 pitches, with 14 going for strikes. He now has a 5.25 ERA in 12 innings.

Colin Selby threw the eighth inning. He started off with two quick ground outs for the first two outs. The next batter doubled, then Selby ended the inning with a seven-pitch strikeout. He threw 16 pitches, with 11 going for strikes. He has a 2.00 ERA and nine strikeouts in nine innings over nine games.

Surprise won 9-4 to give them an 18-10 record.

Here’s the boxscore

Surprise plays Wednesday at 2:35 PM ET.

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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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soberg2002

Selby looking like a legit option for the MLB bullpen to start the year and a must to add to the 40 man to protect from the Rule 5 draft.

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