Extras Unkind to Curve

Extras Unkind to Curve

Altoona falls 3-2 in 10 innings at Erie.
ERIE, Pa. -  Tom Harlan pitched seven shutout innings while both Stetson Allie and Willy Garcia went deep but in the end the Curve could not hold the line in a, 3-2, extra-innings loss to Erie on Friday night. It was the 10th time this season that the Curve have lost in extra innings and the 11th walk-off loss of the season.
 
Harlan only ran into trouble in one inning (the fifth) while spinning his seven scoreless with just two hits allowed. He got out of that jam, which had the SeaWolves with the bases loaded and one out, by inducing a 1-2-3 double play off the bat of Craig Albernaz to end the inning.
 
His offense looked good early on with Garcia blasting his 18th home run of the season in the second inning to give him the early lead. The 18 home runs for Garcia tie his career high from 2012 when he hit 18 in 122 games for Low-A West Virginia.
 
The Curve had other opportunities after Garcia’s homer to extend the lead when they loaded up the bases with one out in the fourth and when Gift Ngoepe tripled to lead off the fifth. In both instances, however, the Curve failed to score a run and it remained 1-0.
 
Allie’s 17th home run with one down in the eighth inning made it 2-0 and it appeared the Curve were headed for a 55th win of the season.
 
Ryan Beckman came in to start the eighth and allowed a leadoff infield single to Dixon Machado but then got the next two batters out. Carlos Garcia went to the bullpen to get lefty Nate Baker to face lefty Jamie Johnson with Machado at second and two down. Johnson singled off Baker to put runners at the corners. Lefty Corey Jones singled sharply through the right side following Johnson’s hit and Erie had their first run.
 
Kenn Kasparek (1-1) was called in to get the final out of the eighth and did so with one pitch to keep the Curve in front.
 
In the ninth, Kasparek got Dean Green to fly out for the first out before Steven Moya singled to left-center. Pinch hitter Aaron Westlake walked and Machado hit a comebacker that bounced over the head of Kasparek for an infield single to load the bases. Jason Krizan hit a fielder’s choice to score Moya from third to tie the game and eventually force extras.
 
Things continued to spiral in the 10th when Johnson led off the inning with a single to center. He stole second and Jones followed with a bunt that stayed fair down the first base line to put runners at the corners. After Devon Travis struck out, Green lined a dying quail to center that Keon Broxton caught on a slide. He popped up quickly to get a throw off to home but it was cut off by Alen Hanson and Johnson scored without a play at the plate.
 
Garcia led the Curve offense by going 3-for-3 with his homer, two singles and a walk. Allie walked twice and Hanson walked once to run his on-base streak to 14 games.
 
The Curve (54-72) will look to put Friday night behind them at 7:05 p.m. Saturday night when they take on the SeaWolves (61-64) in the second game of the series. RHP A.J. Morris (5-1, 1.64), who is on his way back from a right forearm injury earlier in the year with Triple-A, gets the nod for the Curve on Saturday night in Erie. He’ll be opposed by SeaWolves’ RHP Warwick Saupold (7-11, 5.31).

-Curve Media Relations
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