Erie Offense Erupts for 10 Runs in Win Over Altoona Curve

CURVE, Pa. – The Altoona Curve dropped the finale of a three-game series, 10-4, to the Erie SeaWolves after falling behind by eight runs early on Wednesday night at Peoples Natural Gas Field.

The Curve (9-11) issued nine walks as the SeaWolves (10-10) took the series rubber match and the homestand finale.

Trailing 9-1 in the bottom of the sixth, Stetson Allie crushed a two-run triple off the batter’s eye in center field to score Reese McGuire and Harold Ramirez to bring the Curve within 9-3. Allie himself came in to score on an RBI double from Eric Wood to make it a 9-4 Erie lead.

Erie padded the lead after getting a run in the ninth inning, and Altoona had just one more baserunner after Wood’s sixth-inning single, a Jose Osuna single to open the seventh inning, as 11 of the final 12 Curve batters were retired, including being sent down in order in the bottom of the ninth inning.

David Whitehead (Loss, 1-2) walked six batters for the second straight start and pitches his shortest outing of the year, going just 3.2 innings with three first-inning runs allowed. He also hit two batters. Confesor Lara (Win, 1-1) tossed two innings for the SeaWolves, allowing just the Osuna single in the seventh.

Taking a 3-0 lead into the fifth inning, Erie blew the game open with a six-run frame against Curve reliever Josh Smith, in which the first five batters of the inning all reached safely and came in to score. Smith was taken out of the game after 0.2 innings completed, allowing six runs (four earned) on four hits with a walk. The six runs in the inning were the most allowed by Altoona in a single inning this season.

Brett McKinney, Jhondaniel Medina and Montana DuRapau combined for 3.2 scoreless innings before the SeaWolves tagged Jared Lakind for a run in the ninth inning.

Harold Ramirez went 2-for-3 for the Curve, scoring a run as well as driving one in while McGuire came across the plate twice. The Curve finished the seven-game homestand with a 4-3 record, despite dropping the series to the SeaWolves.

The Curve will enjoy the season’s first off-day on Thursday before beginning a seven-game road trip in Akron on Friday. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 p.m. from Canal Park, as Jason Creasy (3-0, 4.50) will look for his fourth win of the season, and second against the Akron Rubberducks, while the Curve will look to defeat Adam Plutko (1-2, 4.91) to begin the road trip.

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