Lakind Extends Scoreless Inning Streak for Curve, but Yard Goats top Altoona

CURVE, Pa. – Jared Lakind set a new single-season franchise record for consecutive scoreless innings pitched, but the Altoona Curve had a late rally hushed in a 3-2 loss to the Hartford Yard Goats on Friday night at Peoples Natural Gas Field.

Lakind has now pitched 24.2 straight scoreless innings, surpassing the mark previously held by Derek Hankins in 2010 when he tossed 24.0 scoreless frames. Lakind induced a 1-4-3 double play to end the top of the ninth and move ahead Hankins in the record books.

Altoona (35-31) left eight men on the base paths while Hartford (37-28) converted just once in 12 opportunities with runners in scoring position.

Trailing 3-0 in the bottom of the eighth inning, the Curve got their first run of the game from a pinch-hit, RBI single by Jose Osuna to bring Altoona within 3-1.

Osuna stayed in the game as a defensive replacement and drove in another run in the bottom of the ninth with this second single of the game, making it 3-2, but Matt Carasiti (Save, 18) struck out Anderson Feliz to clinch, extending his Eastern League-best saves total.

Hartford scored the first run of the game in the top of the first against Altoona starter Cody Dickson (Loss, 5-3), and added to their lead on a two-run home run from Pat Valaika in the fifth inning, making it 3-0.

Dickson totaled 5.1 innings pitched, allowing three runs on seven hits with five walks and five strikeouts. It was the first loss for Dickson since April 21 against Richmond.

Hartford starter Zach Jemiola (Win, 5-4) retired 13 of 16 Curve hitters he faced from the third inning into the eighth before being taken out after Osuna’s first RBI knock. Jemiola pitched seven innings (and faced two batters in the eighth), allowing just four hits and one run while walking two and striking out one.

Osuna and Anderson Feliz each had two hits for the Curve while Barrett Barnes’ eighth inning triple was the only extra-base hit for Altoona.

Saturday’s 6 p.m. game will be a special Game of Hope, as the Curve are partnering with Relay for Life of Blair County, UPMC Altoona and WTAJ to raise funds and awareness for combating all forms of cancer. The Curve will also be wearing a special jersey featuring names to honor those affected by cancer. Curve lefty Brandon Waddell (4-2, 4.01) gets the start, opposing Yard Goat right hander German Marquez (5-4, 2.88). Following the game, fans can take in a spectacular fireworks show above PNG Field, participate in the Miracle League ball launch and kids 12 and under can run the bases.

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