Altoona splits a doubleheader, home run party for High-A Greensboro, and more in today's Pittsburgh Pirates minor league roundup
On Wednesday, the Triple-A Indianapolis Indians were rained out. Due to this, the top farm club of the Pittsburgh Pirates will play a doubleheader on Thursday. This left the Altoona Curve as the top Pirate farm club in action on Wednesday.
Altoona plays two
Due to a rain out from July, the Double-A Altoona Curve played a doubleheader against the Erie SeaWolves on Wednesday. Game one of the twin bill saw the Curve defeat the SeaWovles by a score 4-2.
Sean Sullivan started game one and threw a 7 inning complete game. Sullivan allowed 2 runs on seven hits, a walk, a home run, and five strikeouts. In 18 games (17 starts) with Altoona this season Sullivan now owns a 4.11 ERA to go with 27 walks and 67 strikeouts in 81 innings pitched.
At the plate, Tsung-Che Cheng remained red hot for the Curve. Cheng went 2-for-2 with a double, two runs scored, and a RBI. This brought his hitting streak to 16 games. Matt Fraizer was 1-for-2 with a walk and a run scored, Connor Scott was 2-for-3 with a pair of RBI, and Eli Wilson was 1-for-3 with a run scored.
Game two of the doubleheader saw a 3-run 6th inning sink the Curve in a 5-2 loss. After splitting the twin bill, the Curve are now 49-52 on the season.
Justin Meis started game two for the Curve, allowing a run on three hits, a walk, and five strikeouts in 4 innings pitched. Tyler Samaniego allowed a hit, while walking a batter and recording a strikeout in a scoreless 5th inning.
Noe Toribio took the ball in the 6th inning with the game tied at 1. After hitting a batter he allowed a game-tying base hit. Then with two outs in the inning, he allowed a 2-run home run to make the score 4-1 SeaWolves. Toribio allowed a 5th run in the top of the 7th.
Matt Gorski started the scoring for Altoona in game two with a solo home run in the 4th inning, giving him 14 on the season. Cheng singled in the 6th inning, extending his hitting streak to 17 games. Carter Bins grounded out to bring in a run, making the score 4-2 SeaWolves after 6 innings.
Lolo Sanchez, who doubled earlier in the game, and Norkis Marcos drew backt-to-back two-out walks in the bottom of the 7th inning. These two walks brought the tying run to the plate. Jackson Glenn would then ground out to end the game.