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Recapping Saturday's Pirate minor league action

Jun 29, 2023; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Luis Ortiz (48)
Jun 29, 2023; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Luis Ortiz (48) / Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
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Bad 7th inning leads to Greensboro loss

Early on the High-A Greensboro Grasshoppers appeared to be on their way to victory on Saturday night. However, a disaster 7th inning would prove to be their undoing in an 8-7 loss against the Greenville Drive. Following the loss, the Grasshoppers are now 56-48 on the season.

Thomas Harrington started for Greensboro. Harrington allowed 3 runs on six hits, three walks, and six strikeouts in 5 innings pitched. In 62.1 innings pitched in 13 starts with Greensboro this season Harrington now owns a 4.48 ERA, 18 walks, and 77 strikeouts.

Dante Mendoza allowed a hit and issued two walks in the 6th inning, but with the help of two strikeouts he pitched a scoreless inning. Yunior Thibo started the 7th inning, but was lifted with two runners on base and just one out.

Santiago Florez replaced Thibo and things did not go well for Florez. After allowing three singles and issuing a walk, Florez was pulled for Jack Carey who cleaned up the 7th inning, but not before Greenville took an 8-7 lead. Thibo was charged with 2 runs and Florez 3.

The 7th inning proved to be the undoing for Greensboro.

At the plate, Josiah Sighlter hit two home runs to give him 4 with Greensboro this season. Termarr Johnson was 1-for-5 with his first High-A home run, although he did also commit a pair of errors. Jase Bowen continues to push for a promotion to Double-A, going 2-for-3 with a walk, a RBI, two runs scored, and his 22nd home run.