Pittsburgh Pirates Prospects: Multi Home Run Game for Tsung-Che Cheng & More

Recapping Sunday's minor league action for the Pittsburgh Pirates

Tampa Tarpons won 4-1 over the Bradenton Marauders at Bradenton's LECOM Park Wednesday evening June,
Tampa Tarpons won 4-1 over the Bradenton Marauders at Bradenton's LECOM Park Wednesday evening June, / THOMAS BENDER/HERALD-TRIBUNE / USA TODAY
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Disastrous starting pitching leads to lopsided loss for Altoona

Recently, Aaron Shortridge had been pitching much better for the Altoona Curve. Sunday afternoon, however, Shortridge turned in the worst start of his professional career as the Cruve suffered a 13-5 loss against the Erie SeaWolves to fall to 58-65 on the season.

Shortridge lasted just 2.2 innings, allowing 13 runs on 12 hits, two walks, two home runs allowed, and four strikeouts. He threw 48 of 70 pitches for a strike and recorded just one ground ball out. This outing is certainly one that he is going to want to flush.

Outside of Shortridge, the Curve pitching staff was terrific. Noe Toribio allowed a hit, walked a batter, and struck out two in 2.1 scoreless innings pitched. Grant Ford walked the bases loaded while getting the first two outs of the 6th inning, but Justin Meis helped pick him up on his way to pitching 1.1 scoreless innings. Tahnaj Thomas pitched a 1-2-3 8th inning, striking out a pair.

Tsung-Che Cheng had a huge day at the plate going 2-for-3 with two walks, two runs scored, and a pair of home runs. This now gives him 4 home runs on the season at Double-A. Eli Wilson also went deep, leading the 7th inning off with his 2nd home run with Altoona.