An Erie night at PNG Field
It was just four days ago that the Curve won their sixth straight game, in walk-off fashion against Erie in 10 innings.
Since then, the Curve have now dropped four in a row, following a 12-6 loss to the SeaWolves on Thursday night. The nine-inning game lasted 3 hours, 45 minutes, and only a smattering of the 3,718 fans on hand for Zombie Night at Peoples Natural Gas Field stuck around until the end.
It was the Curve’s second-longest contest this year. Their May 30 extra-innings loss to New Hampshire went 3 hours, 50 minutes.
The most recent win streak was the Curve’s season best, and that followed a stretch that the club lost seven of eight.
There is no hiding that the Curve have had little success outside of playing against Harrisburg. They’ve gone 8-1 against the lowly Senators (36-55) but are 27-57 against everyone else.
Joan Montero (3-3) was rocked again and only managed to go two innings. He gave up five runs on five hits, four walks, didn’t record a strikeout and took the loss.
The staff’s struggles, which included giving up 16 hits, also warranted utility man Andy Vasquez coming on to pitch the ninth. He allowed a run on a hit and struck out one.
Erie jumped out to an early 8-0 lead, scoring four runs in the second and three in the fourth. Former Curve catcher Ramon Cabrera belted a three-run home run to left field in the fourth as part of the the SeaWolves’ outburst.
Curve batters did score four runs in the middle three innings to pull within 8-4. Stetson Allie, who went 3-for-5, started the rally with a double and scored on Dan Gamache’s single to get the Curve on the board.
Gift Ngoepe capped off the middle frames with a two-run homer, his sixth of the year, cutting the deficit in half.
The SeaWolves struck back with a three-run seventh. Craig Albernaz reached on a hit by pitch and scored on Marcus Lemon’s single, which put Erie up by seven.
Tommy Collier (4-7) pitched five frames for the SeaWolves, allowing two runs on four hits as he picked up the win.
Key player: Erie DH Ramon Cabrera went 2-for-4 with four RBIs, including a three-run homer.
Key play: Cabrera’s homer in the fourth put the game away for the SeaWolves with an 8-0 lead.
Key stat: The Curve have dropped four in a row, after having won six straight.
How they scored
Top 2nd: Jones singled, scored on Albernaz’ sacrifice bunt (0-1); Green singled, scored on Fields walk (0-2); Lemon walks, scores with Albernaz on Moya single (0-4).
Top 3rd: Jones walked, scored on Martinez fielder’s choice (0-5).
Top 4th: Fields singled, Moya reached on Hanson fielding error, both runners scored on Cabrera homer (0-8).
Bot 4th: Allie doubled, scored on Garcia ground out (1-8).
Bot 5th: Maggi doubled, scored on Allie single (2-8).
Bot 6th: Paulino singled, scored on Ngoepe homer (4-8).
Top 7th: Albernaz hit by pitch, scored on Lemon single (4-9); Johnson singled, scored on Fields double (4-10); Lemon scored on Cabrera sacrifice fly (4-11).
Bot 7th: Allie singled, scored on Paulino walked (5-11); Gamache singled, scored on Vasquez’ sacrifice fly (6-11).
Top 9th: Cabrera walked, scored on Green single (6-12).