Curve pitching falters again

From Mirror reports

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. – Curve righty Luis Sanz lasted longer than his last appearance.

But the results were much the same.

Sanz, who started Friday against Richmond and gave up six earned runs without recording an out before being pulled, tossed 2/3 innings of relief Monday night at Binghamton. He struggled again, giving up four earned runs as the B-Mets downed the Curve, 8-5, before 1,444 fans at NYSEG Stadium.

Altoona has lost four in a row and nine out of 10 to drop to 20-31, a season-high 11 games below .500.

The four runs Sanz gave up broke open a 4-4 game, and ultimately were enough for the B-Mets as Adam Kolarek (1-1), who got the win, and Jack Leathersich, who got his third save of the year, allowed just three hits and one run in the final two innings.

Sanz has now given up 10 runs in his last two appearances. He was pitching Monday night because of the low number of pitches he threw in the Curve’s 20-9 loss to Richmond on Friday.

Sanz (2-3) got the loss, allowing three hits, four runs and three walks while retiring only two batters in the seventh inning.

Allan Dykstra knocked in Daniel Muno for the B-Mets’ sixth, and ultimately decisive, run. Dykstra went 2-for-3, driving in a pair.

The Curve pitching staff overall has struggled in the last four games, allowing 53 runs. The team’s ERA has gone from one of the best to third worst (4.61) in the Eastern League in a matter of days.

One of the rocks for the Curve pitching staff this year has been Jameson Taillon, and he is scheduled to pitch tonight. Taillon is 2-4 with a 2.91 ERA – lowest among the starters.

Game recap

Key player: B-Mets 1B Allan Dykstra went 2-for-3, driving in a pair of runs.

Key play: Dykstra singled in 2B Daniel Muno, which proved to be the winning run for the B-Mets in the 7th inning.

Key stat: RHP Luis Sanz has given up 10 earned runs in his past 2/3 innings.

How they scored

Top 1st: Santos walked, scored on Lambo single (1-0).

Top 2nd: Ngoepe scored, scored along with Cutler who was pinch running on Santos single (3-0).

Bottom 2nd: Forsythe homered (3-1).

Bottom 4th: Puello doubled, scored on Dykstra double (3-2).

Bottom 6th: Puello walked, Dykstra hit by pitch, both scored on Ceciliani double (3-4).

Top 7th: Cutler walked, scored on Rojas sacrifice fly (4-4).

Bottom 7th: Tovar singled, scored on Rodriquez single (4-5); Muno walked, scored on Dykstra single (4-6); Rodriquez singled, scored on Vaughn walk (4-7); Puello walked, scored on Ceciliani sacrifice single (4-8).

Top 8th: Cunningham tripled, scored on Howard single (5-8).