Pittsburgh Pirates Prospects: Oneil Cruz Homers, Luis Ortiz Pitches Well

BRADENTON, FLORIDA - MARCH 16: Oneil Cruz #15 of the Pittsburgh Pirates poses for a picture during the 2022 Photo Day at LECOM Park on March 16, 2022 in Bradenton, Florida. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)
BRADENTON, FLORIDA - MARCH 16: Oneil Cruz #15 of the Pittsburgh Pirates poses for a picture during the 2022 Photo Day at LECOM Park on March 16, 2022 in Bradenton, Florida. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images) /
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WEST PALM BEACH, FL – MARCH 03: Connor Scott #81 of the Miami Marlins warms up before the start of the Spring Training game against the Washington Nationals at The Ballpark of The Palm Beaches on Marc h 3, 2021 in West Palm Beach, Florida. (Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Images)
WEST PALM BEACH, FL – MARCH 03: Connor Scott #81 of the Miami Marlins warms up before the start of the Spring Training game against the Washington Nationals at The Ballpark of The Palm Beaches on Marc h 3, 2021 in West Palm Beach, Florida. (Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Images) /

Double-A Altoona picks up a victory

The Altoona Curve, the Double-A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates, picked up a 5-3 victory over the Bowie Baysox on Saturday. With the victory, the Curve are now 24-26 on the season.

Luis Ortiz started for the Curve and turned in a strong start. Ortiz allowed 2 runs on 2 hits, 2 walks, and 7 strikeouts in 5.2 innings pitched. Even though Ortiz now has a 4.53 ERA on the season, he has struck out 53 batters in 43.2 innings pitched.

Noe Toribio and Tyler Samaniego followed Ortiz, continuing their strong seasons. The two combined to allow a run on 3 hits and 5 strikeouts in 3.1 innings pitched. Toribio now has a 1.97 ERA on the season, while Samaniego has yet to allow a run since being promoted to Double-A.

Shortstop Andres Alvarez bat leadoff, going 1-for-4 with a run scored. Two-hole hitter Jared Triolo was 1-for-2 with a pair of walks and a run scored. Blake Sabol, who should get an opportunity as the Pirate catcher, went 2-for-4 with his 6th home run and 3 triple of the season. Again, it’s time for Sabol in the majors.

Right fielder Matt Gorksi also had a multi-hit performance. Gorski was 2-for-3 with a walk and 2 RBI. Center fielder Connor Scott also had a hit for the Curve in their victory.

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