Curve woes on offense continue

From Mirror reports

ERIE – Tiny Jerry Uht Park, a launching pad if ever there was one in pro ball, is one of the easiest places to score runs in all of minor league baseball.

And the Curve still struggled there.

Altoona’s offensive woes continued Sunday as it managed only a solo homer by Andrew Lambo in a 2-1 loss to Erie. The Curve once again got strong pitching, but the offensive problems that have plagued them most of the season continued as they lost their sixth straight game.

Altoona has scored only 12 runs in the six losses, and it had just seven runs in the three games at Erie, six through homers.

The Curve collected nine hits Sunday, a good total for a club with a .225 team batting average, but Lambo’s homer in the fourth inning produced the lone run.

Altoona had the tying run at second base with two outs in the ninth inning, but pinch-hitter Charlie Cutler lined out to center to end the game.

The Curve have to be happy to be done with Erie for a while. Altoona has played 30 games, and 10 have been against the SeaWolves, who own a 7-3 lead in the season series. The two teams don’t play again until July 4.

Altoona now heads to Harrisburg for three games, and those two teams are very familiar with each other, as well, having played eight times already. The Senators hold a 5-3 series lead.

Curve starter David Bromberg (0-4) took the loss, giving up two runs in five innings. Both of Erie’s runs came in the second as Hernan Perez singled home a pair for a 2-0 lead.

Kenn Kasparek pitched three shutout innings of relief to give the Curve offense time to catch up, but that didn’t happen.

SeaWolves starter Matt Crouse (3-1) picked up the win, giving up just one run on six hits with six strikeouts and no walks in six innings. Justin Souza (5) pitched the final 1 1/3 innings for the save.

Game recap

Key player: Erie 2B Hernan Perez went 3-for-4.

Key play: Perez’s two-run singled in the second provided all of Erie’s offense.

Key stat: The Curve have lost six in a row and have scored just 12 runs in those games.

How they scored

Bottom 2nd: Johnson walked, Lemon reached on fielder’s choice, both scored on Perez single (0-2).

Top 4th: Lambo solo homer (1-2).