Erie tops Altoona, 6-1, rain suspends nightcap

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The Altoona Curve’s five-game winning streak came to an end after the first game of Friday’s twinbill with a 6-1 loss to the Erie SeaWolves at Peoples Natural Gas Field on Friday.
 
Rain suspended the second game of Friday’s scheduled double-header as the Curve (14-11) will continue that game against the SeaWolves (9-17) Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m. Altoona leads Erie 3-1 with two outs in the bottom of the third inning.
 
Game One
 
Taylor Hearn (Loss, 0-3) struck out nine SeaWolves over six innings, the most by a Curve pitcher in any outing this season. Hearn fanned the side during the second after Erie’s first two batters got aboard and stood at second and third. The Curve starter had seven punch outs after three innings.
 
Erie broke through against Hearn in the fourth inning on a two-run homer by Gabriel Quintana. The SeaWolves scored two more in the fifth before the Altoona southpaw added two more strikeouts during a 1-2-3 sixth.
 
The Curve’s lone run was scored on a solo home run by Wyatt Mathisen, his first of the season. Mathisen finished 2-for-3 in the game while Bralin Jackson achieved his first three-hit game in Double-A. Altoona had baserunners in every inning except the last of the seventh.
 
Jake Brentz relieved Hearn to pitch the top of the seventh for the Curve and surrendered two runs to Erie, including the third RBI of the game for Quintana. Josh Lester followed Quintana’s hit with an RBI of his own for the SeaWolves and his third hit of the game.
 
Tyler Alexander (Win, 3-0) struck out six Curve batters in the start for Erie. The SeaWolves’ lefty worked around seven Altoona hits and limited the Curve to two baserunners in scoring position before Kurt Spomer completed a five-out save (1).
 
Game Two
 
Before rain halted play with two outs in the bottom of the third, Altoona scored three unanswered runs. The Curve will resume play at 3 p.m. on Saturday with a 3-1 edge over the SeaWolves.
 
With two outs in the bottom of the first, the Curve connected on four straight singles by Jason Martin, Will Craig, Jordan George and Logan Hill to manufacture two runs. Martin struck again the third with a lead-off triple, his league-best fourth of the season, and scored on a sacrifice fly by Craig.
 
Pedro Vasquez made his Double-A debut with the Curve as the starting pitcher and allowed one run to Erie through three innings and recorded a pair of strikeouts. Two of Erie’s three hits off Vasquez came in the first inning on a double by Kody Eaves and a Dominic Ficociello RBI single put the SeaWolves in front 1-0.
 
After the completion of the suspended game from Friday, the Curve and SeaWolves continue their five-game series on Saturday with a seven-inning game. Altoona will start right-hander J.T. Brubaker (2-1, 1.45) as Erie will start right-hander Beau Burrows (2-2, 3,68).
 
The ballpark gates will open at 2 p.m. on Saturday at PNG Field for the Starling Marte Fans’ Choice All-Time Curve Team Bobblehead giveaway to the first 1,000 fans, presented by M&T Bank. Tickets to Saturday’s game can be used to view both games on Saturday. Fans with tickets for Friday’s suspended game can bring their ticket stubs back to the PNG Field box office to redeem them for a ticket for any remaining Curve home game in 2018 (of equal or lesser value, based on availability).

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