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Bearcats in the Big Leagues: Down with the Sickness

In this week's episode, Josh Harrison ignores disease, In Happ walks all over and Connor Walsh drills for a lower ERA.

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Josh Harrison

A brief illness kept Harrison from playing a full week of games, but feeling a little under the weather didn't do bupkis to Harrison's continued success. He went 6-for-11 at the plate, smacking a pair of doubles and driving in two runs. He also stole his eighth bag of the season and is just two away from his total a year ago. Something new did pop up however, as Harrison, who we've noted for his positive impact from the seventh spot in the lineup, made his first start as the leadoff batter this week. It was an inspired decision by Pirates manager Clint Hurdle, as Harrison sparked a 10-0 win over the Miami Marlins by going 2-for-5 with two runs scored.

As far as yearly totals go, Harrison is still sporting a damn fine slash line (.329/.363/.435) and nearly as many RBI (25) as he had in all of 2015 (28).

Ian Happ

For a brief time the last few days, Happ got himself back to the .280 mark batting average wise. A 2-for-3 effort against Wilmington, his second mutli-hit game of the last 10 appearances highlight the rise. However, a 1-for-8 stretch over his last two games sunk him back to .274. While the batting average angle is the easy one to follow, Happ deserves credit for being a tough out even if he doesn't make contact. With 10 free passes in the last 10 games, including a pair of two-walk contests, Happ's on-base percentage is flirting with .400 (.392). That shows he is improving when it comes to pitch recognition and that's a buzz phrase for getting promoted.

Tony Campana

Batting just .258 in his last 10 games, Campana is at least getting starting playing time at a semi-consistent clip since returning from injury. His best effort from the last week was a 2-for-4 showing against the Gwinnett Braves. Before that, he had gone hitless in four-straight games. Unfortunately, neither of those knocks went for extra bases. Slugging just .268 this season, Campana is still in search of his first extra-base hit of 2016.

Connor Walsh

It may not grab headlines, but Walsh maintained his consistent performance out of the bullpen for the Winston-Salem Dash. He pitched three scoreless innings of relief across two appearances and also struck out a pair of batters. He has 24 kazoos in 25 1/3 total innings this season and his ERA has fallen to 2.13. He also added his career-best third save with his work against Potomac on Sunday.