ERIE – For a second straight game the Curve took a lead into the final third of the game and for a second straight game the SeaWolves came back, this time defeating the Curve, 6-5, on Sunday. Stetson Allie hit his ninth and 10th homers of the season and drove in three in a losing effort for the Curve.
Erie actually scored first for the first time in the series, plating the game’s first run in the second inning when Aaron Westlake singled home Steven Moya.
They didn’t lead for long though as the Curve came right back in the third to tie it thanks to the team leader in RBI in Mel Rojas, Jr. With two outs in the third, Rojas grabbed an RBI single to bring home Kawika Emsley-Pai to tie the game.
One inning later, Allie hit the first of his two massive homers on Sunday afternoon. This one was a solo shot to center that cleared the batter’s eye and it placed the Curve up, 2-1.
Erie answered with a run in the fifth on a RBI groundout by Devon Travis but Allie once again had a big answer in the sixth. After Rojas doubled with one out and Matt Curry lined out, Allie clubbed a monster blast to the neighboring arena and placed the Curve up, 4-2. Andy Vasquez worked a walk following the homer and that was it for starter Tommy Collier. Willy Garcia greeted the new pitcher Guido Knudson with an RBI single after Vasquez had stolen second. After 5.5 innings, the Curve were up, 5-2.
Adrian Sampson, who had allowed two runs up to this point in the game, pitched a clean sixth inning and left with a 5-2 lead. He finished six innings and gave up two runs on seven hits while whiffing two for his sixth quality start of the season.
Matt Benedict (0-2) came in for the seventh and was rudely greeted with three straight hits by Erie. Corey Jones, Dixon Machado and Jamie Johnson all hit to start the inning and it plated a run to cut the lead to, 5-3. Travis followed with an RBI sac fly to score Machado and make it a one-run game at, 5-4.
Benedict was able to strand the tying run at third in the seventh but wasn’t as fortunate in the eighth. Steven Moya tripled to start the inning and came home two batters later on a single by Dean Green. The go-ahead run was plated two batters later by Machado as it scored Westlake from third. It ended up being the ninth blown save of the season for the Curve bullpen.
Alen Hanson, Rojas, Allie, Garcia and Drew Maggi all had two hits in the loss.
Despite the back-to-back losses, the Curve (20-29) still have an opportunity to win the series with a victory in the 1:35 p.m. finale with Erie (20-28). RHP Nick Kingham (1-5, 3.06) takes to the bump for the Curve in the series finale on Monday afternoon and seeks his first win since his first start of 2014. He’ll be opposed by RHP Warwick Saupold (2-5, 6.28).
--Altoona Curve Media Relations