Curve Drop 3 Games at Richmond

Altoona lost all 3 weekend games in Richmond (after winning on Thursday in Virginia).
RICHMOND, VA – A four run third inning proved insurmountable for the Curve on Sunday afternoon in a, 7-3, loss to the Richmond Flying Squirrels at The Diamond. Gift Ngoepe and Mel Rojas, Jr. both had hits in the loss on Sunday to extend their hitting streaks to six games apiece.

Starter Joely Rodriguez (0-1) got through the first inning facing the minimum but then surrendered a run in the second. Brett Krill singled with two outs before he stole second and scored on Eric Sim’s single to right.

In the third, Richmond sent eight men to the plate against Rodriguez and scored four times. Squirrels pitcher Kelvin Marte singled to start the inning and it was the first of three straight singles off Rodriguez to load up the bases. The Curve starter got the ground ball he wanted off the bat of Jarrett Parker but they weren’t able to double up the speedy centerfielder and a run scored to make it, 2-0, Squirrels.  Angel Villalona then came to the plate and doubled in a run before Brett Krill brought two more home. When it was all said and done the Squirrels scored four times on five hits to open up the, 5-0, lead.

Marte (1-0) kept the Curve out of the hit column until the fifth when Rojas singled to start the inning before Jarek Cunningham doubled him home two batters later. After Villalona reached and muscled a homer in the bottom of the fifth, Altoona was able to pull within three in the eighth inning.

Keon Broxton started the inning with a walk off reliever Josh Osich before Kelson Brown singled through the left side to put two on. After Drew Maggi struck out, Ngoepe extended his hitting streak to six games with an RBI single into center field. Stetson Allie followed with an RBI single of his own and all the sudden it was a three-run game with two on and one out.

Osich got Rojas to fly out before the Squirrels reached into the bullpen cupboard and grabbed closer Cody Hall to face Willy Garcia. Garcia wasn’t able to do much, however, as the Curve attempted a double steal that saw Allie thrown out at second to end the inning and threat.

Rodriguez lasted a total of three innings and gave up five runs on seven hits with three strikeouts and no walks. Jhonathan Ramos tossed three innings and allowed one run while Emmanuel de Leon allowed a run in two relief innings.
Done with the Squirrels for three days, the Curve (3-6) now travel back to the commonwealth to take on the Harrisburg Senators in the first of three games beginning at 7 p.m. Monday night from City Island. LHP Zack Dodson (0-1, 5.40) will make his second career Double-A road start for the Curve and be opposed by the Senators RHP Blake Schwartz (0-2, 11.25).

--Altoona Curve Media Relations

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