Curve spoil the big party

From Mirror reports

RICHMOND, Va. – The Curve spoiled Richmond’s home opener Thursday night, although nearly 10,000 Flying Squirrels fans did get to see something unusual after the game, courtesy of Todd Parnell.

The quirky former Curve general manager, now Richmond’s vice president, jumped through a ring of fire in a stunt at The Diamond. Parney’s antics probably were more entertaining than the Flying Squirrels’ performance on the field as Altoona pounded the home team with a season high in runs, 6-1.

Former Penn State quarterback Michael Robinson threw out a ceremonial first pitch prior to the game, which drew 9,560 fans.

The Curve scored a run in the first inning, another in the third and took control with two more in the fourth for a 4-0 lead. Stetson Allie and Alen Hanson, two of the best prospects on the club, both went 3-for-5 as Altoona collected 11 hits.

Pitcher Adrian Sampson even got in on the action with his first career hit, leading to a run, and he earned his first Double-A victory with five strong innings of work. Sampson (1-1) allowed one run on three hits with four strikeouts and two walks.

Allie had an infield hit for an RBI in the third inning. Hanson singled home a run in the fourth and scored on a wild pitch by Richmond starter Clayton Blackburn (0-1) as the Curve stretched the lead to 4-0.

Jarek Cunningham was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the seventh to drive in a run, and Ralph Henriquez finished off the scoring with an RBI single in the ninth.

After the game, Parnell donned a yellow fire suit and did a small jump through a ring of fire that was positioned near second base. He quickly rolled to the ground and was hosed off.

Only in the minor leagues.

Game recap

Key player: Curve SS Alen Hanson went 3-for-5 with two runs and an RBI.

Key play: Hanson singled home a run and scored on a wild pitch in the fourth to push Altoona’s lead to 4-0.

Key stat: The Curve scored a season-high six runs.

How they scored

Top 1st: Hanson singled, scored on fielder’s choice (1-0).

Top 3rd: Sampson singled, scored on Allie infield single (2-0).

Top 4th: Henriquez reached on Tomlinson error, scored on Hanson single (3-0); Hanson scored on Blackburn wild pitch (4-0).

Bottom 5th: Schroeder singled, scored on Graham bunt single (4-1).

Top 7th: Ngoepe singled, scored on Cunningham hit by pitch with bases loaded (5-1).

Top 9th: Allie doubled, scored on Henriquez single (6-1).