Pittsburgh Pirates Prospects: Miguel Yajure Struggles, Altoona Home Runs
By Marty Leap
Curve jumped out to a 4th inning lead and never look back
Sunday afternoon saw the Double-A Altoona Curve take down the Binghamton Rumble Ponies by a score of 6-1. After grabbing a 4th inning lead and never looking back, the Double-A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates are now 53-55 on the season.
Jared Triolo started the game with his second leadoff home run of the week, giving hm 7 long balls on the season. After the Rumble Ponies tied the game at 1 in the bottom half of the 1st inning, the game remained tied until the 4th.
With one out in the 4th inning Blake Sabol hit a solo home run. His 13th home run of the season gave the Curve a 2-1 lead. After Malcolm Nuñez singled, Andres Alvarez his his 18th home run of the season. This gave the Curve a 4-1 lead that they would not relinquish.
Altoona added to their lead with another home run in the 5th inning. This one was a solo blast by Endy Rodriguez, giving him 2 with the Curve and 18 overall on the season. The home runs by Sabol and Rodriguez were parts of a two-hit performance for each.
Luis Ortiz started for the Curve and turned in a strong start. In 4 innings pitched he allowed a run on three hits, a walk and five strikeouts. Ortiz now owns a 4.79 ERA and 108 strikeouts in 103.1 innings pitched this season.
Nick Dombkowski followed with 2 scoreless innings. The lefty retired all six batters he faced, striking out four. Dombkowski now owns a 2.75 ERA and 75 strikeouts in 52.1 innings pitched this season as he continues to develop into a promising relief pitching prospect.
Enamnuel Mejia, Bear Bellomy and Colin Selby each pitched a scoreless inning out of the Curve bullpen. This trio combined to allow three hits, they did not walk a batter and struck out a total of four.