Curve Win Streak Snapped by Binghampton

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. – The Altoona Curve lost a pair of late leads and had a rally quieted in the ninth inning in a 5-4 loss to the Binghamton Mets on Thursday night at NYSEG Stadium, snapping an eight-game winning streak.

The Curve (22-18) left the bases loaded twice and stranded two runners on base in the ninth inning in the loss. Binghamton (17-21) scored the tying run on a hit-by-pitch and the go-ahead run on a wild pitch.

The B-Mets scored three runs in the seventh to take a 5-3 lead. Curve reliever Jhondaniel Medina (Loss, 0-1) hit Kyle Johnson with a pitch to bring in the tying run. With Matt Oberste at the plate, a wild pitch allowed Victor Cruzado to score the go-ahead run, and a throwing error by Reese McGuire allowed Derrick Gibson to come in and score behind him.

An RBI single by Erich Weiss in the ninth brought the Curve within a run with two runners on base, but Beck wheeler (Save, 3) struck out Austin Meadows and Jose Osuna to end the game.

After falling behind in the first, Anderson Feliz hit his first homer of the season in the second to the the game, 1-1. The Curve took a 2-1 lead in the sixth on an RBI double by McGuire.

Binghamton evened the score again in the bottom of the sixth, but the Curve answered with a run in the top of the seventh with an RBI single by Harold Ramirez. The Curve loaded the bases, but David Roseboom (Win, 1-0) retired Osuna to end the inning with no further damage done.

The Curve also loaded the bases in the third against starter Tyler Pill, but Osuna grounded out to third to end the frame.

Tyler Eppler pitched six innings, allowing two earned runs on five hits with no walks and three strikeouts. He pitched his seventh quality start of the year in eight total starts.

The Curve return home to open a three-game series against the Portland Sea Dog on Friday night at Peoples Natural Gas Field. Right-hander David Whitehead (1-4, 7.36) will be on the mound for the Curve, with righty Teddy Stankiewicz (1-2, 3.32) pitching for the Sea Dogs.

Friday night begins Out of this World Weekend at PNG Field, and features an Andrew McCutchen Astronaut Bobblebody for the first 1,500 fans, presented by asurion. The Altoona Area School District Neil Armstrong Planetarium will also be on hand with artifacts, games and photo opportunities.

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