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MacGregor ends on positive note

BOWIE, Md. — Travis MacGregor didn’t have a whole lot of high points during his Double-A debut season, but the former second-round draft pick at least ended his season with an impressive outing.

MacGregor gave up one run on just three hits over 6• innings and struck out eight as the Curve beat Bowie, 3-2, Thursday night at Prince Georges Stadium.

The Curve moved back to .500 with a 57-57 record with three games left to play.

Strong finish

MacGregor was a second-round draft pick of the Pirates in 2016, and he missed the 2019 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery. He then missed 2020 because the minor league season was canceled.

A lot was expected from MacGregor this season, but he failed to live up to expectations. He was 3-9 with a 6.62 ERA entering his start Thursday.

But MacGregor found a way to finish his season on a positive note, holding down a good Bowie lineup in leading the Curve to victory.

The 23-year-old right-hander finished the Double-A season with a 4-9 record and 6.25 ERA.

Early lead

The Curve offense gave MacGregor some early support, getting a two-run homer from Matt Fraizer in the second inning and a solo shot from Oneil Cruz in the third for a 3-0 lead.

MacGregor pitched into the seventh, and the Baysox got a run off him that inning before adding another run in the eighth.

The Curve were able to hold on as Shea Murray pitched the final 1• innings for his fourth save.

Stats and stuff

Cruz hit his 12th home run and second in as many days.

Fraizer has three homers and is batting .277 since coming up from high-A Greensboro. He went 2-for-3 Thursday.

Bowie starter Garrett Stallings (2-3) took the loss.

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