Curve Can’t Overcome Early Deficit in Loss to Erie

ERIE, Pa. – The Altoona Curve fell behind big early picked up their third straight loss, 10-4, to the Erie SeaWolves on Monday night at Jerry Uht Park.

The SeaWolves (23-35) scored two runs in the first and piled on eight runs in the third to bury the Curve (31-25) in an early 10-0 hold.

Austin Meadows led off the fourth with a double to extend his hitting streak to 15 games.

The Curve struck for four runs in the seventh inning. Barrett Barnes hit a two-run double and Erich Weiss added a two-run single in the frame, but the Curve stranded the bases loaded.

Chris Diaz finished the game 2-for-3 with a double, a run scored and a walk.

Erie starting pitcher Cory Riordan (Win, 4-4) tossed six scoreless innings and allowed four hits with no walks and three strikeouts.

Altoona reliever Jared Lakind pitched two scoreless innings, extending his scoreless streak to 19.1 games, the longest for a Curve pitcher this season. He has not allowed a run in his last 13 appearances.

Jhondaniel Medina worked two scoreless innings without allowing a hit.

Outfielder Jon Schwind pitched a scoreless eighth inning, his eighth pitching appearance for the Curve in the last two seasons. He has not allowed a run in 8.1 career innings pitched with Altoona. He picked up a strikeout against Kody Eaves.

Altoona starter David Whitehead (Loss, 2-6) was charged with a career-worst 10 runs, all earned. The eight earned runs against him in the third inning set a new franchise record for the most earned runs allowed in one inning, surpassing the seven earned runs allowed in one inning by Rob Mattson on August 8, 2000 against the Reading Phillies.

The Curve and SeaWolves play the second of the four-game series on Tuesday night. Lefty Cody Dickson (4-2, 3.96) will be on the mound for Altoona, with right-hander Myles Jaye (2-4, 4.48) pitching for Erie. First pitch at Jerry Uht Park is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

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