Pittsburgh Pirates Prospects: Tucupita Marcano Homers, Quinn Priester Struggles

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BRADENTON, FLORIDA – MARCH 16: Quinn Priester #61 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) /

Double-A Altoona blown out, shutout against the Reading Fightin Phils

Thursday was not a fun time at the ballpark for the Altoona Curve. The Double-A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates fells behind 2-0 in the 2nd inning, that deficit grew to 5-0 in the 4th inning, and the game ended in a 9-0 loss for the Curve. With the loss, Altoona is now 69-65 on the season.

Quinn Priester started for the Curve and turned in his first poor start at the Double-A level. Priester pitched just 3.2 innings, allowing 7 runs on eight hits, two walks, a home run, and five strikeouts.

Despite the poor start, Priester still owns a strong 2.87 ERA and 75 strikeouts in 75.1 innings pitched across 15 starts for the Curve. Priester still has done enough to earn making a start in the majors this month.

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The Curve offense collected just six hits and one walk in the loss. Liover Peguero was 1-for-3 with a walk. Aaron Shackelford, Malcolm Nuñez, Lolo Sanchez, Josh Bissonette and Matt Fraizer all had a base hit for the Curve as well.