Pittsburgh Pirates Prospects: Oneil Cruz Highlights Walk Off Sunday

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Apr 19, 2022; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Baseballs and a bat lay on the field at American Family Field. Mandatory Credit: Michael McLoone-USA TODAY Sports /

Double-A Altoona gets a walk off hit in the 9th inning

Double-A Altoona also got in on the walk off fun with a 5-4 victory over New Hampshire Fisher Cats to improve to 7-8 on the season. Second baseman Andres Alvarez singled home Connor Scott, who was 2-for-3 with a walk, to secure the Curve victory. Alvarez is off to a strong start this season with a .926 OPS.

Jack Suwinski, who know owns a 1.107 OPS, was 1-for-4 with a double. Liover Peguero was 2-for-4 with a double, raising his OPS on the season to .906. Catcher Blake Sabol also continued his strong start to the season by going 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI.

Travis MacGregor started for the Curve, allowing 4 runs on 2 hits and 6 walks in 2.2 innings pitched. Omar Cruz walked 4, but struck out 6 in 3 hitless, scoreless innings pitched. After Enmanuel Mejia pitched 2 scoreless innings, Tahnaj Thomas continued his strong start to the season by striking out a batter in 1.1 scoreless innings.

It is encouraging to see the results from Thomas out of the bullpen this season. In 6.1 innings pitched this season he has allowed a run, on a solo home run, to go with 2 hits, a walk, and 6 strikeouts. While Thomas may no longer be the top 100 starting pitching prospect he once was, he could still have a big future with the Pirates as a relief pitcher.