Curve Snap Four-Game Losing Streak in Big Way

CURVE, Pa. – The Altoona Curve snapped their four-game losing streak, beating the Richmond Flying Squirrels, 9-3, on Sunday night at Peoples Natural Gas Field, scoring eight runs over the sixth and seventh innings.

(Photo: Elvis Escobar. Photo courtesy of Altoona Curve)

The Curve (33-28) avoided the sweep and improved to 6-6 this season against Richmond (27-35).

Down 3-1 after five innings, the Curve offense got rolling in the sixth.

Four of five hitters singled to start the inning for Altoona, with Elvis Escobar driving in a run on a bases-loaded single to bring the Curve within a run. With the bases reloaded, Richmond reliever Carlos Alvarado uncorked a wild pitch, allowing Jin-De Jhang to score from third and tie the game at 3-3.

Later in the inning, Kevin Newman worked a bases-loaded walk to give Altoona a 4-3 lead. Pablo Reyes extended the advantage to 5-3 after reaching on a fielder’s choice, scoring Escobar.

The sixth inning marked the first time Altoona led Richmond in the four-game series and was their first lead in 37 innings overall.

In the seventh, Jerrick Suiter blasted a three-run home run, his third of the season, to put Altoona ahead 8-3. Reyes capped the scoring later in the inning with an RBI single.

Reyes, Suiter, Escobar and Edwin Espinal all recorded two-hit games for Altoona and Wyatt Mathisen extended his hit streak to nine games. Espinal hit his team-leading 18th double.

Tanner Anderson (Win, 4-6) started for the Curve and went six innings and allowed three runs on eight hits while striking out three on just 70 pitches before being replaced for a pinch-hitter in the bottom of the sixth. Luis Heredia relieved Anderson and pitched a perfect seventh inning and Montana DuRapau finished the game for the Curve with two scoreless innings.

Jose Flores (Loss, 1-1) started for Richmond and pitched 5.1 innings, giving up five runs on seven hits while striking out four. Alvarado came on in relief in the sixth and walking two while pitching 0.2 of an inning. Yordy Cabrera also went 0.2 of an inning out of the bullpen and gave up four runs (two earned) on three hits with three walks.

The Curve will have an off day on Monday and then welcome the Portland Sea Dogs to town on Tuesday to start a three-game series. Altoona will send right-hander J.T. Brubaker (3-2, 3.99) to the mound and right-hander Travis Lakins (0-3, 10.20) will get the start for Portland. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Peoples Natural Gas Field.

Tuesday will be Bedford County Night and Two-for-Tuesday, presented by Atlantic Broadband, where fans can get buy one, get one free specials on tickets, hot dogs and small popcorn. For tickets or more information, visit, call 877.99.CURVE or stop by the PNG Field box office.

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