Pittsburgh Pirates Prospects: Pitchers Struggle in First Start at New Levels

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Anthony Solometo labors in Double-A debut

At just 20-years-old left-handed pitcher Anthony Solometo is one of the youngest players in the Eastern League. He made is Double-A debut with the Curve on Saturday, but struggled in an 8-1 oss that dropped the Curve to 31-29 on the season.

Solometo pitched 5 innings for the Curve, allowing 4 runs on six hits and a home run. Only 2 of the 4 runs allowed by Solometo were earned, he walked just one batter and struck out seven. Even though Solometo allowed a pair of unearned runs, they were due to a throwing error he commited. Solometo threw 48 pf 78 pitches for strikes and induced six ground ball outs.

Although Solometo struggled some in his Double-A debut there were still plenty of encouraging signs, such as issuing just one walk while striking out seven. Following Solometo's development the rest of the season at Double-A will be worth monitoring.

As for the Curve lineup, they recorded just three hits. Matt Fraizer was 2-for-2 with a double, two walks, and a run scored. Matt Gorski was 1-for-4 with a triple and a RBI. The rest of the lineup was 0-for-23 with two walks.

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