Kingham’s mark still falling as losses pile up

From Mirror reports

TRENTON, N.J. – Nick Kingham was supposed to be the Curve’s best pitcher this season, but he’s now 1-7 and tied for the Eastern League lead in losses after dropping his seventh consecutive decision Saturday night.

A pitcher’s won-loss record is hardly a great indicator of his talent – particularly in the minor leagues – and that’s important in a lot of ways when evaluating Kingham’s season. Most of his pitching metrics are solid, but he still is now 1-7 after he and the Curve dropped a 4-1 decision to Trenton at Arm & Hammer Park.

The loss snapped Altoona’s three-game winning streak following a 10-game skid.

Kingham has a good ERA of 3.04, so clearly he has encountered his share of bad luck with his record. However, it wasn’t bad luck that cost him the game Saturday.

Kingham gave up an unearned run in the first inning, aided by an error on first baseman Stetson Allie, but he later gave up three runs on his own and failed to keep Trenton’s offense from taking control of the game early.

The Thunder scored twice in the second inning for a 3-0 lead, after Kingham hit the leadoff batter and gave up a single to the next hitter to set up a scoring opportunity. A wild pitch by Kingham allowed a run to score, and another came home on an RBI single.

Trenton’s fourth run scored in the fifth, set up up by a one-out double.

Kingham did last seven innings for the fourth consecutive start, so the Pirates are seeing him do positive things despite suffering a lot of losses. He struck out six, walked none and gave up eight hits on the night.

Kingham won his first start way back on April 6 but now has gone 11 straight starts without a victory. He was, however, robbed of a win as his bullpen collapsed and gave up a lead three starts ago when he worked seven solid innings at Erie.

While Kingham has had all sorts of trouble winning, Trenton starter Matt Tracy (7-2) is just the opposite as he’s tied for the EL lead in victories after his outing Saturday. Tracy gave up one run on seven hits in 6 1/3 innings to win.

Tracy actually came on in relief after New York Yankees reliever Shawn Kelly started the game on a rehab assignment and recorded two outs in the first inning before departing. Kelley struck out two of the three batters he faced and also issued a walk.

Tyler Webb pitched the ninth inning to earn his fourth save.