Curve pitching goes south

From Mirror reports

RICHMOND, Va. – Jameson Taillon had the roughest outing of his brief Double-A career, and reliever Kenn Kasparek had an even rougher outing as he couldn’t find the strike zone in the eighth inning for the Curve.

Taillon allowed five runs in six innings, giving up seven hits to go along with three strikeouts and two walks. Despite his tough night, Taillon was still in position to get the win when he departed.

The Curve led by a run thanks to a solo homer by Mel Rojas Jr. in the fifth inning, but Kasparek had major control problems and couldn’t protect the lead. Richmond scored five runs in the eighth and beat Altoona, 10-6, at The Diamond.

Reliever Nathan Baker issued two walks and retired two batters in the eighth before getting lifted for Kasparek. The reliever gave up an infield single to load the bases with two outs, then his command deserted him.

Kasparek walked Ehire Adrianza to force in the tying run. He then walked Joe Panik to force in the go-ahead run. He then hit Javier Herrera to force in another run.

Ricky Oropesa followed with a two-run single off Kasparek to give the Flying Squirrels a 10-6 lead. Baker (0-1) wound up with the loss since he was responsible for the eventual go-ahead run.

Taillon entered the game second in the Eastern League with a 1.00 ERA but saw that figure rise to 2.63 with his tough outing. He was given an early 2-0 lead by his offense in the first inning, only to allow three runs in Richmond’s first at-bat.

The Curve came back with three runs in the fourth to give Taillon a 5-3 lead, but again the pitcher couldn’t hold it as he allowed two runs in the fifth as Richmond pulled even.

The Curve entered the game with the third-best team ERA in the EL at 3.65, but they allowed 10 earned runs to see that number jump to 3.96.

Richmond reliever Phil McCormick (1-0) pitched two scoreless innings for the win.

Rojas, Drew Maggi, Matt Curry and Carlos Paulino had two hits apiece for the Curve, who were trying to get back to .500.

Game recap

Key player: Richmond SS Ehire Adrianza went 2-for-4 with three RBIs and two runs.

Key play: Curve RHP Kenn Kasparek struggled with his control in the eighth, forcing in three runs with two walks and one hit batsman with the bases loaded.

Key stat: RHP Jameson Taillon allowed five runs on seven hits in six innings.

How they scored

Top 1st: Maggi singled, scored on Lambo single (1-0); Ngoepe singled, scored on Paulino single (2-0).

Bottom 1st: Adrianza singled, scored on Herrera double (2-1); Panik singled, scored on Oropesa sacrifice fly (2-2); Minicozzi groundout scored Herrera (2-3).

Top 4th: Paulino singled, scored on Maggi sacrifice fly (3-3); Dickerson doubled, Brown walked, both scored on Curry single (5-3).

Bottom 4th: Minicozzi hit by pitch, Lollis singled, both scored on Adrianza single (5-5).

Top 5th: Rojas Jr. solo homer (6-5).

Bottom 8th: Parker walked, scored on bases-loaded walk by Adrianza (6-6); Susac walked, scored on bases-loaded walk by Panik (6-7); Relaford singled, scored on bases-loaded hit by pitch by Herrera (6-8); Oropesa single scored Adrianza and Panik (6-10).