Pittsburgh Pirates Prospects: Strong Starting Pitching at Each Level & More
By Marty Leap
Double-A Altoona failed to hold onto a 9th inning lead as they were walked off by the Bowie Baysox
Entering the 9th inning on Sunday afternoon the Double-A Altoona Curve held a 4-3 lead over the Bowie Baysox. Unfortunately, when the 9th inning was over the Baysox were walking off with a 5-4 victory, dropping the Curve to 59-60 on the season.
Quinn Priester started for Altoona and lasted just 3 innings. Priester allowed 2 runs, only 1 of which was earned due to a Jared Triolo error, on five hits, a walk, a wild pitch, and six strikeouts in his 3 innings on the mound.
Even though Priester only lasted 3 innings he was still impressive. His curveball looked as good as it has all season, contributing to him racing up 11 swings-and-misses in his 3 innings of work. Also, all six of his strikeouts were swinging strikes. Not to keep beating the dead horse, but the Pittsburgh Pirates really should look to get Priester a MLB start or two in September.
Making his first appearance since June 28th, Omar Cruz followed Priester. Cruz allowed a run on two hits and two strikeouts in 2 innings pitched. Jeffrey Passantino allowed a hit, a walk and struck a batter out in 2 scoreless innings pitched. Tahnaj Thomas continued his dominance with a strikeout in a 1-2-3 8th inning, J.C. Flowers then had a rare poor outing allowing a walk-off two-run home run in the 9th inning.
Even though Triolo made a costly error, the third baseman was 1-for-2 at the plate with a walk, a double, and a run scored. Nick Gonzales was 1-for-3 with a walk and a double, Blake Sabol was 1-for-4 and Malcolm Nunez was 1-for-4 with a RBI.
As has often been the case since he was promoted to Double-A, catcher Endy Rodriguez had a huge day at the plate. Rodriguez was 3-for-4 with his 7th double as a member of the Curve, a run scored and three RBI. He also threw out a runner attempting to steal second base, already giving him five runners thrown out in just 11 games behind the dish at Double-A.