Bowie avoided a sweep in the final game of a four-game series, beating Altoona 3-1. The Curve’s starter, Mike Colla, pitched well but had to battle through a series of defensive misplays by his teammates. Starling Marte had three hits in five at-bats, including a double, but the Curve went 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position and stranded ten overall.

Colla went five innings and allowed five hits and no walks, while striking out four. He was charged with all three runs, two earned. He had to deal with defensive lapses in every inning. The first batter he faced reached second when shortstop Brock Holt threw a routine grounder into the dugout. That accounted for the first run. In the second, firstbaseman Matt Curry tried to swipe at a grounder from the side instead of getting in front...

To continue reading the rest of this article, subscribe to Pirates Prospects. Subscribers get access to every article on the site, along with all of our exclusive live coverage of the Pirates' minor league system, all for a very low monthly or yearly rate.

If you're already a member, you can log in below. If you think you're receiving this message in error, please e-mail