ALTOONA -In spite of a strong offensive showing, the Altoona Curve dropped the third game of a home series to the Erie SeaWolves, 6-4, Saturday at Peoples Natural Gas Field in front of 4,762. The Curve hit well to jump out to an early lead. They held a lead as late as the sixth inning before falling behind. Drew Maggi was led the way offensively finishing the game 2-for-3 with a run and a walk.
Maggi smacked a liner into right-center field to lead off the bottom of the first. He turned on the jets to stretch it into a double. After Jarek Cunningham grounded out to third, Gregory Polanco singled on a shallow fly ball into right-center to score Maggi for first run of the game. Alex Dickerson stayed hot with a double to deep center that brought home Polanco and made it a 2-0 contest.
Dickerson went 1-for-3 with an RBI and a walk on the game.
Erie responded resoundingly in the third inning. James Robbins doubled off the centerfield wall to lead off the inning. Wade Gaynor followed with a double down the leftfield line to score Robbins. Jamie Johnson grounded out to move Gaynor to third with only one out. Eugenio Suarez then hit the first pitch he saw into the left field bleachers for the 3-2 lead.
The Curve returned fire in the bottom of the inning. After a Polanco popup, Dickerson drew a walk. Justin Howard promptly homered to rightfield to reclaim the lead. Howard finished 1-for-4 with two RBI.
After three scoreless innings, the SeaWolves took over. Brandon Douglas led off the top of the seventh with a triple to right field. After Robbins struck out, Gaynor grounded out, scoring Douglas for his second RBI of the game.
Suarez singled into center to open the eighth inning. Daniel Fields followed with his own single into center, but Polanco unleashed a frozen rope to third base to nail Suarez. After a Ramon Cabrera groundout, Tyler Collins homered to right-center for the 6-4 lead. Neither team would score again.
Ethan Hollingsworth started the game and threw seven innings. He allowed four runs on eight hits while striking out two. Quentin Miller (1-4) got the loss in two innings allowing two runs on three hits while striking out one.
The Altoona Curve (45-54) will play Erie at 6 p.m. in the series finale on Sunday at Peoples Natural Gas Field.
--Altoona Curve Media Relations