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Bearcats in the Big Leagues: Cold ‘Cats

Slumps continue to abound for the Bearcats in the Big Leagues crew.

MLB: Pittsburgh Pirates at Washington Nationals Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Josh Harrison

When Harrison hit a line drive single to right field in the top of the fourth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday, it was his second base hit of the game. Such an innocuous hit may seem inconsequential, but his 2-for-3 effort in the contest marked the first time since July 1 the Pittsburgh Pirates’ second basemen has had a multi-hit game. So it goes for Harrison, who was once in the midst of a possible career year but an extended slump has led to deteriorating results. Since the last episode of Bearcats in the Big Leagues, Harrison has gone 5-for-21 with two extra base hits (both triples) and a single walk, amounting to a slash line of .238/.273/.429. On the year, his line is better (.267/.378/.675) but if the chill continues, it won’t be for much longer.

Ian Happ

Happ has had more multi-hit games of late in comparison to Harrison, but two-hit games against the Mississippi Braves on July 22 and the Chattanooga Lookouts on July 26 do not make up for an overall power outage. Happ has not homered since June 27 and he has only four extra base hits in the month of July. His .189 batting average over the last 10 games has driven down his overall mark in Double-A to .280. The improved plate discipline he showed during his time at Single-A earlier this season has taken a dive as well. He has two walks compared to 12 strikeouts over the last 10 games, and an on-base percentage of just .313 at the Double-A level.

Tony Campana

The unfortunate theme of the summer for the Bearcats in the Big Leagues crew has been slump. As Harrison and Happ struggle, so has Campana. The 30-year-old veteran is batting just .214 in Triple-A this season, including a .188 mark with the Charlotte Knights. He has gone just 2-for-12 since our last visit and is batting a mere .160 in his last 10 games.

Connor Walsh

Since returning from injury, Walsh has worked his way right back into the thick of the bullpen rotation for the Winstom-Salem Dash. He’s made three appearances in the last week, but unfortunately, they have not all gone particularly well. On July 22, he allowed four earned runs in 2/3 innings of work, which lost the Dash a lead against the Potomac Nationals. He was stellar next time out, spinning two no-hit innings against the Frederick Keys. However, yesterday, he was tagged for a run on three hits, although he did strike out three batters in an outing that lasted 1 1/3 innings. The right-hander now has a 3.53 ERA in 35 2/3 innings at the Single-A level this season.

Ryan Atkinson

Since signing with the Arizona Diamondbacks at the beginning of this month, Atkinson has not gotten a whole lot of work in Rookie League. He has still yet to pitch in an actual game since July 9 when he allowed five earned runs in 3 1/3 innings.