Curve power their way to victory

From Mirror reports

ERIE – The Curve offense enjoyed a big night Friday, highlight by bookend three-run homers in the first and ninth innings.

Elias Diaz got Altoona off to a good start with a three-run blast in the first, and Matt Curry ripped another three-run shot in the ninth. Mel Rojas Jr. also smacked a two-run shot as the Curve belted their way to an 11-6 win over Erie at Jerry Uht Park.

The SeaWolves had rallied from an 8-1 deficit to make things interesting, pulling within 8-6 in the eighth inning. Curry then sealed the win with his three-run homer in the ninth.

Curry has been a big boost to the offense since returning from a wrist injury that cost him more than a year. He went 3-for-5 with four RBIs and two runs Friday, and he’s now hitting .324 with two homers and seven RBIs in 10 games.

Curry got the Curve on the board with an RBI single in the first. Diaz, who has put together a strong season hitting .311 but hasn’t hit for much power, then put a charge into a three-run homer for a 4-0 lead.

Stetson Allie singled home two runs in the fifth, and Rojas smacked a two-run homer in the seventh to make it 8-1.

Curve starter Zack Dodson (1-2) pitched five solid innings, allowing one run on four hits with five strikeouts and two walks. He earned his first Double-A victory.

Reliever Quinton Miller gave up four runs in 1 1/3 innings as Erie battled back. Emmanuel De Leon preserved the win, tossing two innings to earn his third save.

Erie starter Wilsen Palacios (3-2) suffered the loss.

The Curve had 10 two-out RBIs, as all three of their homers came with two outs, as well as Allie’s two-run single.

Rojas joined Curry with three hits, while Drew Maggi added two. Eight of the Curve’s nine starters collected at least one hit as the team finished with 13.

Game recap

Key player: DH Matt Curry went 3-for-5 with a three-run homer and four RBIs.

Key play: C Elias Diaz belted a three-run homer in the first inning as the Curve took a 4-0 lead.

Key stat: Eight of the Curve’s 11 runs came on three homers (a pair of three-run blasts and a two-run shot).

How they scored

Top 1st: Maggi walked, scored on Curry single (1-0); Rojas Jr. singled, scored along with Curry on Diaz three-run homer (4-0).

Bottom 1st: Johnson doubled, scored on Westlake single (4-1).

Top 5th: Ngoepe singled, Rojas singled, both scored on Allie single (6-1).

Top 7th: Maggi singled, scored on Rojas two-run homer (8-1).

Bottom 7th: Machado walked, scored on Travis single (8-2); Johnson singled, scored along with Travis on Westlake single (8-4); Krizan walked, scored on Montero wild pitch (8-5).

Bottom 8th: Jones singled, scored on Johnson single (8-6).

Top 9th: Cunningham singled, Ngoepe walked, both scored on Curry three-run homer (11-6).