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Pirates Prospect Watch: Thomas Harrington throws five shutouts for Altoona

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Thomas Harrington threw five scoreless innings for the Altoona Curve on Sunday, bouncing back from some rough outings. Harrington allowed just one hit, had no walks and five strikeouts.

Harrington began the month by allowing six runs in five innings, five of them earned. His next outing was another five-inning start in which he allowed six runs, but only one earned. He allowed a total of 18 hits in those 10 innings.

Sunday's start showed what Harrington does best when he's on form. There were no free throws and he was also tough to hit. He doesn't have as overwhelming skill as many of the best pitchers in the system, but he knows how to combine his skills well to produce swing-and-miss results.

This season, Harrington has a 3.13 ERA in 31.2 innings for Altoona, with 33 strikeouts and two walks.

TRIPLE-A: INDIANAPOLIS INDIAN

INDIANAPOLIS lost 5-0

  • DH Joshua Palacios: 2 for 4
  • CF Gilberto Celestino: 1 for 4
  • C Dylan Shockley: 1 for 3
  • LHP Nick Dombkowski: 3.2 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 K
  • RHP Ryan Reynolds: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HR

On the same day that the Pirates won a bullpen game in Pittsburgh, they lost a bullpen game in Indianapolis. If there was any question as to why the Pirates needed a bullpen game in Pittsburgh on Sunday, it was simply because they didn't have a starting pitcher available at the top two levels. Joshua Palacios got two of Indianapolis' four hits, and the team didn't have a single walk on the day.

STATCAST HEROES

Connor Sadzeck pitched the final two innings and allowed one run. His fastballs were both around 96 MPH and reached 97.6. Nick Dombkowski had four whiffs and five more strikes on 15 hits to his sinker, giving him a CSW of 35%.

DOUBLE-A: ALTOONA CURVE

ALTOONA won 6-2, led by Thomas Harrington's five scoreless innings.

  • DH Yoyner Fajardo: 2 for 4, 2B, BB, SB
  • CF Sammy Siani: 1 for 4, 3B, RBI
  • RF Three Gonzales: 2 for 4
  • 3B Joe Perez: 1 for 3, BB
  • RHP Eddy Yean: 2.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K

Altoona trailed 2-0 in the sixth inning before mounting a comeback that ended with an RBI triple by Sammy Siani to tie the score. They scored four runs in the seventh inning, led by RBI singles by Yoyner Fajardo and Joe Perez. Eddy Yean is having a great season as a bullpen player. After 2.1 scoreless innings as a relief pitcher in this game, which resulted in his fifth win, he has a 2.72 ERA in 36.1 innings.

HIGH-A: GREENSBORO GRASSHOPPERS

GREENSBORO won 12-4

  • CF Lonnie White Jr.: 3 for 4, HR, 2 RBI
  • C Shawn Ross: 3 for 5, HR, 3 RBI, SB
  • 3B Charles McAdoo: 2 for 4, 2B, 3B, BB, 2 RBI
  • DH Thomas Johnson: 1 for 4, 2B, BB, 2 RBI
  • LHP Hunter Barco: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K

Lonnie White hit his tenth home run of the year, a two-run shot in the second inning that scored five runs for Greensboro. Shawn Ross capped the scoring with a three-run shot in the ninth inning, his twelfth home run of the year. Charles McAdoo hit his 14th double and fourth triple of the year. Termarr Johnson hit his tenth double. Alessandro Ercolani got the start and allowed two runs in 3.1 innings. Hunter Barco, normally a starter, pitched a single inning in relief after some rough appearances in the rotation recently.

SINGLES-A: BRADENTON MARAUDERS

BRADENTON won 4-3

  • LHP Connor Oliver: 4.0 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K
  • C Axel Plaz: 2 for 4, HR, RBI
  • SS No Delgado: 2 for 2, 3B, 2 BB
  • 1B Omar Alfonzo: 2 for 5
  • 3B Javier Rivas: 1 for 4, 2B

Connor Oliver is having a good month for Bradenton. After being acquired in a small trade for Colin Selby earlier in the season, Oliver has a 1.74 ERA in 10.1 innings this month. He has 14 strikeouts and seven walks. Axiel Plaz hit his fifth home run of the year for Bradenton. The solo hit tied the game in the ninth inning. Javier Rivas hit his tenth double and scored the eventual game-winning run on a double by Jeral Toledo. Noel Delgado had his second triple to start the scoring in the third inning.

STATCAST HEROES

Oliver led with his curveball, taking six whiffs on nine hits against the pitch. He also took two whiffs on three hits against his sinker. A single by Omar Alfonzo was the hardest hit ball of the game at 111.5 MPH. Plaz's home run flew 449 feet at 105.9 MPH. Rivas' double flew 411 feet at 109 MPH.

MONDAY PLAN

  • The full season teams have Monday off.
  • Rookie: FCL Pirates, 12:00 – TBD
  • Rookie: DSL Pirates Black, 11:00 am – to be announced
  • Rookie: DSL Pirates Gold, 11:00 am – to be announced

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