Pittsburgh Pirates Prospects: Henry Davis Homers, Shalin Polanco on Base Four Times & More
By Marty Leap
Double-A Altoona fails to recover from a slow start
Continuing their poor start to the season Double-A Altoona suffered a 7-3 loss on Saturday afternoon, falling to 3-6 on the season. The Curve fell in a 3-0 hole against the Erie SeaWolves after the 3rd inning and never recovered.
Aaron Shortridge started for Altoona and struggled. The righty allowed 4 runs, 3 earned, on six hits, no walks, a wild pitch, and three strikeouts in 3.1 innings pitched. The error that burnt Shortridge was committed by Henry Davis who started in right field instead of his usual catcher.
At the plate, Davis did all he could to make up for his error. He was 2-for-4 with his 2nd home run of the season, raising his OPS on the season to .869.
After Shortridge's day ended Noe Toribio took over on the mound for Altoona. The righty pitched 2.2 scoreless innings, allowing a hit and striking out three. Control has always been a major issue for Toribio, so him issuing zero walks while throwing 24 of 34 pitches for a strike is very encouraging.
Tahnaj Thomas followed Toribio and struggled. Thomas, who was hurt by a Drew Maggi error, allowed 3 runs (2 earned) on a hit, a walk, and two strikeouts in 1 innings pitched. The hit Thomas allowed was a home run. Tyler Samaniego pitched the 8th inning, posting a zero while walking a batter.
Second baseman Domingo Leyba continued his strong start to the season going 2-for-4 with his 2nd home run of the season. He now owns a .957 in 31 PAs this season. Left fielder Josh Palacios continued his strong start to the season as well going 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles.