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Bearcats in the Big Leagues: Harrison Returns to Pirates Starting Lineup

Josh Harrison is over an injury and he hit well upon his return.

MLB: San Diego Padres at Pittsburgh Pirates Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Josh Harrison

After a week dealing with a nagging base running injury, Harrison was back to work over the weekend as the Pirates clashed with the Padres. A few days off seemed to rejuvenate the Pirates’ infielder on Friday. In the first part of a three-game series, he went 3-for-5 with three RBI while batting his his usual second spot in the order. The rest of the weekend was not as solid, as he went just 1-for-8 in the last two games, although he did hit his 12th home run of the season on Saturday, giving him an even 50 runs scored and 37 RBI. Harrison now needs just two more home runs to set a career-best. In all, Harrison’s homer and nice Friday night led to a solid weekend, as he slashed .308/.308/.538 with a wRC+ of 120 during the three games.

Ian Happ

Ian Happ? More like Ian HAT AMIRITE? OK, the puns are done for now. Happ continues to be marred in a slump. He had just one hit in seven plate appearances in a three-game set against the Nationals. He also didn’t get a full helping of at-bats, as he pinch hit on Friday and Saturday. In his lone start, he played second base and went 1-for-4 with a steal and run scored while playing second base. Despite the one start, Happ did get two steals in the series. He has still been worth an overall negative on the base paths (-1.9 base running according to FanGraphs), but he does have seven steals in 69 games.

Connor Walsh

The first hiccup of Walsh’s Triple-A career occurred over the weekend. After tossing two shutout innings combined in his first two outings, Walsh had some trouble against the Gwinnett Braves. He allowed a double to Micah Johnson in the sixth inning, which led to two runs scoring. He also had a wild pitch in his lone inning of work, which featured the only scoring in the 2-0 decision. Walsh’s ERA shot up to 6.00 after the tough appearance, but the small sample size means its not time to send him back down.

Ryan Atkinson

Terrible control hurt Atkinson in his second start at the Double-A level. Although he lasted 5 23 innings and allowed only two runs on Friday, Atkinson was guilty of six walks as the Jackson Generals slipped against the Chattanooga Lookouts, losing 3-1. Atkinson was hung with the loss as he let up two home runs but only three hits total while striking out five batters.