KODAK, Tenn. — Astoria’s Conor Harber has moved up the minor league baseball ladder, and the ex-Fisherman made a successful debut Thursday at the next level.
Bolstered by a four-run top of the first inning from his offense, Harber pitched 6.2 scoreless innings to help the Biloxi Shuckers blank the Tennessee Smokies, 5-0 at Smokies Stadium.
It was Harber’s first game with Biloxi, the Double-A affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers.
Harber worked around jams in the first, second, fourth and sixth innings, stranding a man at third base in all four frames.
After coming back out to pitch in the seventh, Harber struck out Tennessee’s Wynton Bernard and induced a groundout from Erick Castillo, before an infield single by Connor Myers ended Harber’s night after 97 pitches, 66 for strikes.
A 24-year-old right hander, Harber spent most of the last two seasons with the Carolina Mudcats.
In Thursday’s Double-A opener, he scattered six hits across his 6.2 innings of work, coming an out away from tying his longest career outing. He did not issue a walk and struck out six en route to the win.
The Shuckers and Smokies square off again tonight at 6 p.m. The game can be heard on TuneIn Radio or the MiLB First Pitch App.