Covering the bases

Covering the bases

LEADING OFF: The Curve have a good situation at 1B with Edwin Espinal and Connor Joe both playing very well. Joe has a 10-game hitting streak, while Espinal has been superb all season, hitting .356 with a team-high 12 RBIs. “It’s a good problem, unless you’re the guy making the lineup and you lose some sleep over it,” manager Michael Ryan said of getting both playing time. “We’ve got the DH coming up in Akron, so we know we can fit them both in each day.”

SAFE AT FIRST: It often can help on a team when two players who play the same position are hitting well, since they can use that as friendly competition to push each other. “In-house competition is the best thing for each guy,” Ryan said. “It’s not like we’re rooting against each other by any means, but one guy’s level of play can raise one of your teammates’, just by how well you’re doing, especially if you’re in the same position, same part of the lineup.”

STEALING SECOND: RHP Tanner Anderson had a ball called on him for not delivering a pitch before the clock expired in the first inning. That has bitten the Curve a few times this season.

ROUNDING THIRD: For the second straight day, the Pirates’ starting lineup included eight former Curve players Wednesday night. John Jaso was the lone exception.

HEADING HOME: The Curve play four games at Akron starting tonight, then three at Richmond. They return home next Thursday against New Hampshire.

— Cory Giger

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