Suwinski’s home run wins it for Curve
Tonight: Harrisburgh at Altoona, 6:30 p.m.
Pitchers: Curve LHP Omar Cruz (1-2, 2.92) vs. Senators LHP Seth Romero (0-0, 0.00)
Radio: WRTA-AM 1240 & 98.5-FM
By Matthew Knaub
For the Mirror
Jack Suwinski ended his Curve debut with a bang on Wednesday night.
The newly-acquired left fielder hit the game-winning solo home run in the eighth inning to lift Altoona past Harrisburg 5-4 at Peoples Natural Gas Field. The blast was Suwinski’s first hit in a Curve uniform.
“I was ready to be aggressive, and then he threw something over the middle of the plate and I just decided to put a swing on it,” Suwinski said about his at-bat. “I thought I got it pretty well.”
Altoona trailed early before an RBI single from catcher Jason Delay and a three-run home run from second baseman Ji-hwan Bae in the fifth inning gave the Curve a 4-3 lead. Harrisburg tied the matchup in the following inning thanks to an RBI single from shortstop Gilbert Lara.
New faces in Altoona
Suwinski was acquired from the San Diego farm system on Monday in a trade that sent Pittsburgh second baseman Adam Frazier and cash to the Padres. Suwinski finished the game 1-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored.
“They’ve been really welcoming to this point,” Suwinski said about his new teammates and coaching staff. “I’m excited to keep learning with them and learning how they play.”
Shortstop Diego Castillo also made his Curve debut on Wednesday night, going 0-for-2 with two walks. Castillo was acquired on Monday from the New York Yankees’ farm system in a trade that sent Pirates right-handed pitcher Clay Holmes to the Yankees.
“They’re two great additions to our team.” Altoona manager Miguel Perez said about Suwinski and Castillo. “They seem to be great guys on and off the field.”
Stats and stuff
Righty Osvaldo Bido started on the mound for Altoona and completed 6• innings. He allowed four earned runs on nine hits in a no-decision.
Bido was opposed by righty Luis Reyes, who pitched six innings for the Senators. He allowed four earned runs on seven hits in a no-decision.
Righty John O’Reilly earned the victory, tossing the final 2ª innings of the game in relief of Bido. He allowed no runs and only one hit.
Southpaw Carson Teel was tabbed with the loss. Teel threw ª of an inning for Harrisburg, allowing one earned run on one hit — Suwinski’s home run.
SUBHD: Pittsburgh active
The Pirates organization continued to make moves on Wednesday ahead of the Major League Baseball trade deadline on Friday, July 30, further impacting the Curve roster.
After a proposed trade with Philadelphia fell through on Tuesday night, Pittsburgh traded left-handed pitcher Tyler Anderson to Seattle on Wednesday in exchange for two prospects — right-handed pitcher Joaquin Tejada and catcher Carter Bins. Tejada, an 18-year-old, will report to the rookie level of the Pirates’ farm system.
Bins was assigned to the Curve on Wednesday, but did not see action against Harrisburg. In 51 games split between High-A Everett and Double-A Arkansas this season, Bins posted a .244 batting average and a .399 on-base percentage with eight home runs.
In another move, left-handed pitcher Cam Vieaux was promoted from Altoona to Triple-A Indianapolis on Wednesday. Vieaux started five games and made 12 relief appearances for the Curve this season, recording a 5-1 record with a 3.68 ERA.