Curve snap skid at 4
BINGHAMTON, N.Y.– When Curve starter Jameson Taillon allowed four runs in the first inning, it looked like the pitching staff was going to get shelled for the fifth straight night.
But Taillon responded by the throwing four-hitless innings, and two relievers didn’t give up a run as the Curve came from behind to snap a four-game losing streak, defeating Binghamton, 8-4, at NYSEG Stadium before 1,796 on Wednesday.
It was the first time the Curve pitching staff allowed less than five runs in game since a 3-0 loss to Reading on May 21.
Taillon, who didn’t get a decision, settled in after allowing four runs on four hits in the first inning. He struck out five and walked four, which tied a career high, in five innings. Kenn Kasparek (2-0) got the win in two innings, striking out two and allowing one hit.
Zack Thornton earned the save for the Curve – his second – as he also struck out two and allowed one hit.
Despite jumping out to an early 2-0 lead in the first, the Curve had to battle back after Taillon’s struggles in the first inning. The righty has allowed 12 runs on 19 hits in the first inning. His ERA in the first inning is 8.18.
Andrew Lambo homered in the fourth inning, and Mel Rojas Jr. drove in Andy Vasquez in the fifth to tie the game. Rojas is .409 in his last five games, driving in a team-high six runs in that stretch.
He went 2-for-5 on Wednesday, driving in another run on a double in the ninth inning.
Vasquez later scored the run in the seventh inning on a throwing error by the B-Mets’ Richard Lucas as Chase Huchingson (2-1) the loss. Vasquez scored twice and recorded an RBI, despite going 0-for-1, walking twice.
Charlie Cutler helped the offensive production as well, going 2-for-5, scoring twice.
The win is the first for the Curve since last Friday after allowing 53 runs in the previous four games.
The team not only had dropped four in a row, it also had lost nine of its past 10 games to fall to a season low 11 games below .500 entering play?Wednesday.
Altoona wraps up its series against?Binghamton this morning, then heads to Portland for a weekend series against the Sea Dogs.
Key player: RF Alex Dickerson went 2-for-3 with 2 RBIs in his second game off the disabled list.
Key play: Binghamton’s Richard Lucas’ throwing error on a bunt by Drew Maggi allowed Andy Vasquez to score what would be the winning run for the Curve in the seventh inning.
Key stat: The Curve pitching staff allowed less than three runs for the first time since May 21.
How they scored
Top 1st: Cutler hit by pitch, Lambo singled, both scored on Dickerson single (2-0).
Bottom 1st: Ceciliani singled, scored on Puello single (2-1); Rodriquez walked, Puello singled, both scored on Dykstra homer (2-4).
Top 4th: Lambo homered (3-4).
Top 5th: Vasquez walked, scored on Rojas Jr. single (4-4).
Top 7th: Vasquez hit by pitch, scored on error by Lucas (5-4).
Top 8th: Cutler single, scored on Vasquez bases-loaded walk (6-4); Dickerson walked, scored on Maggi sacrifice fly (7-4).
Top 9th: Ngoepe doubled, scored on Rojas double (8-4).