ALTOONA - The Altoona Curve lost to the Richmond Flying Squirrels 2-1 in the first game of their homestand Friday night at Peoples Natural Gas Field. Despite the quality outing by Curve starter Nick Kingham, the offense couldn’t keep pace and collected six hits in the loss.
Richmond struck for the first runs of the game in the third. Angel Villalona hit a two-RBI single to left that plated Tyler Graham and Matt Duffy to give the Flying Squirrels a 2-0 lead.
The Curve were quiet for most of the game but cracked the run column in the seventh. After a two-out walk was drawn by Justin Howard, he scored from first when Keon Broxton laced a double down the left field line that cut the Squirrels lead in half. In the ninth, Altoona put the tying and winning runs on base but failed to bring home the runs.
Altoona starting pitcher Nick Kingham (1-4) tossed his third quality start of the season but took the loss after allowing only two runs on four hits over six innings of work. The right hander walked a season-high four batters and struck out four. Richmond starter Kyle Crick (2-1) earned the win after he tossed six shutout innings and retired 11 consecutive hitters that started in the beginning of the third. Derek Law picked up his tenth save of the season.
Altoona (15-24) will continue the series with Richmond (21-18) on Saturday evening at Peoples Natural Gas Field. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m. The first 1,500 fans to Peoples Natural Gas Field for Saturday’s game will receive a free Gerrit Cole Garden Gnome as they make their way into the ballpark.
RHP A.J. Morris (3-0, 1.80) will take the ball in the second game of the series for Altoona and will square off against Richmond southpaw Ty Blach (3-1, 2.23).
--Altoona Curve Media Relations