Waddell’s Strong AA Debut Lifts Curve Past Erie, 4-2

ERIE, Pa. – Brandon Waddell pitched 6.1 strong innings in his Double-A debut as the Altoona Curve beat the Erie SeaWolves, 4-2, on Wednesday night at Jerry Uht Park.

The Curve (11-15) scored three runs in the fifth inning to take the lead and did not trail against as the bullpen held the SeaWolves (11-14) off the board.

Waddell (Win, 1-0) allowed two runs on six hits in 6.1 innings with no walks and three strikeouts. He has won five consecutive starts including his last four outings in the Florida State League with Bradenton.

After Harold Ramirez drove a single to tie the game, 1-1, in the fifth, Erich Weiss put the Curve in front with a two-run single against Erie starter Matt Crouse (Loss, 0-1).

The SeaWolves trimmed the lead to 3-2 with a solo homer by Jeff McVaney in the sixth, his third hit of the game.
Dovydas Neverauskas came in to replace Waddell with a runner on and one out in the seventh and got Alberto Gonzalez to ground into a double play to end the inning.

Stetson Allie added an insurance run for the Curve in the ninth with a sacrifice fly.

Jared Lakind (Save, 1) struck out two in a 1-2-3 ninth to close out the Altoona win.

Jose Osuna went 3-for-4 with a run scored. Jon Schwind had two hits and scored a run.

The Curve and SeaWolves finish the four-game series on Thursday afternoon at Jerry Uht Park. Altoona right-hander Clay Holmes (1-3, 6.08) be on the mound, countered by Erie righty Cory Riordan (2-2, 4.50). First pitch is scheduled for 11:05 a.m.

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