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Cannonballs coming: Shutout pitching from Dario Agrazal and Osvaldo Bido

The Pirates had several award winners in the system. Mitch Keller and James Marvel were named pitchers of the week in the International and Eastern Leagues, and Chris Sharpe was named hitter of the week in the Florida State League.

Indianapolis was off.

Altoona (8-9) wasted seven shutout innings from Dario Agrazal in a 1-0 loss to 15-2 Harrisburg. Agrazal needed only 79 pitches to get through seven as he allowed just three hits and walked nobody, while striking out eight. Unfortunately, Vicente Campos served up a gopher ball to the first batter he faced in the eighth and that was all the scoring. The Curve had only six hits and sent only three batters over the minimum to the plate. Most of that came against Wil Crowe, who’s one of the top prospects in a very bad Nationals’ system. The game took less than two hours; there were no walks and few deep counts. Bligh Madris went 2-4, Jared Oliva 1-4 and Stephen Alemais 0-4.

A little more on Agrazal, as I was at the game. He used to a be a fastball-heavy pitcher who threw in the mid-90s, but since he had shoulder problems he tops out at about 92 and generally throws below 90. In this game, he was mixing his pitches right from the start, which I’ve seldom seen in the minors with the Pirates. I doubt he threw even half fastballs overall. He threw the standard four pitches and none of them looked dominant, but his command was very good and he got more swings and misses as the game went along. This was obviously an uncharacteristically good game for him, but it was interesting to see just how different the approach was, compared to what I’m used to seeing with all Pirates’ minor leaguers. Harrisburg’s offense isn’t a great deal above average for the league, but they do have the league’s oldest hitters, as the Nats, with their barren system, seem to have stocked up on veterans.

— Bradenton (12-6) lost to Fort Myers, 4-1. The Marauders had only six hits, with the lone run coming on Travis Swaggerty’s second home run. He was 2-4 and Cal Mitchell was 1-4 with a double. Jose Osuna started his rehab, playing right and going 1-4. Oddy Nunez gave up four runs, two earned, in five innings.

— Greensboro (9-8) blanked Lexington, 6-0. Osvaldo Bido (pictured) overcame some control problems to throw five and two-thirds scoreless innings. Bido walked four, gave up four hits and struck out four. Mason Martin went 2-4 with his third home run and Rodolfo Castro also went deep, his second, while going 1-4. Grant Koch was 3-5 and Pat Dorrian 2-4 with two doubles.

Lolo Sanchez: 1-5
Cam Alldred: 1.1 IP, H, 3 K
Logan Stoelke: IP, 2 K