Curve Pitchers Strike Out 11, but Richmond Gets Win

CURVE, Pa. – Three Curve pitchers combined for 11 strikeouts against the Flying Squirrels, but Richmond pitching allowed just four hits as the Squirrels took the first game of the homestand, 5-1, on Thursday night at PNG Field.

Richmond (6-9) got a run in the top of the third and three in the top of the fourth against Cody Dickson (Loss, 0-2), who logged six innings, walked two and struck out five in his third start of the year.

Altoona (5-9) had difficulties hitting Richmond starter Chase Johnson (Win, 1-1), who allowed just four hits and one run while walking and striking out two batters each.

Erich Weiss scored the only run of the game for the Curve, leading the sixth inning off with a triple to center field and scoring on a Jose Osuna RBI groundout to cut the Squirrels’ lead to 4-1. Osuna has driven in a run in three-straight games.

Richmond got its final run in the top of the eighth inning against Altoona reliever Frank Duncan, who struck out four over his three innings of work, while also scattering two hits.

Righty David Whitehead (0-1, 11.25) faces Richmond for the second time this year on Friday, as he’ll oppose Squirrels’ right-hander Joan Gregorio (0-0, 0.00), who makes his third start of 2016.

Airtime on ESPN Radio 1430, WVAM and the Curve Radio Network is scheduled for 5:45 p.m. from Peoples Natural Gas Field. Friday is Altoona Area School District Night, and the first 1,500 fans to PNG Field will receive an AAHS Mountain Lion Bobblehead Giveaway, presented by the Altoona Mirror. There will also be a spectacular fireworks show following the game. For tickets and more information, visit AltoonaCurve.com, call 877.99.CURVE or stop by the PNG Field box office.


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