Quinn Priester shoves again for Double-A Altoona
While the Pittsburgh Pirates farm system has questions about pitching, Quinn Priester is not a question mark. Friday night he was dominant once again for the Double-A Altoona Curve, helping to lead the Curve to a 3-1 victory over the Erie SeaWolves to improve to 66-63 on the season.
Priester was simply dominant. In 7 scoreless innings pitched, Priester allowed just two hits, walked a pair, and struck out five. He threw 50 of 75 pitches for strikes and now owns a 2.13 ERA with 70 strikeouts in 71.2 innings pitched for Altoona this season.
Priester’s start came with general manager Ben Cherington being in attendance in Erie. Hopefully this was a sign of Cherington scouting Priester for potential MLB starts later this month. When Altoona’s season ends, Priester has earned the right to make starts for the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Left-handed pitcher Dillon Peters made a rehab appearance in relief of Priester. Peters pitched a 1-2-3 8th inning while striking out a pair of batters. Tahnaj Thomas allowed a solo home run in the 9th inning, but retired the other three batters he faced to slam the door shut on Erie.
Liover Peguero bat leadoff for Altoona going 1-for-4 with a triple. Malcolm Nuñez was 3-for-4 with a double, a run scored and a RBI. Andres Alvarez was 1-for-3 with a RBI, Connor Scott was 1-for-4, and Endy Rodriguez was 1-for-4 with a run scored and a RBI.