Kramer’s streak ends in Curve loss

From Mirror reports

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. — Kevin Kramer began his Curve career with one of the most notable streaks in franchise history, but he fell just one game shy of tying a team record.

Kramer went 0-for-5 in Thursday’s 8-5 loss to Binghamton at NYSEG Stadium, ending his 32-game on-base streak. He had reached base in every game he’d played up until Thursday but was unable to match the club record of 33 shared by Ronny Paulino (2004) and Steve Pearce (2007).

Kramer was leading the Eastern League in hitting entering play Thursday with .361 average, and he collected a hit in 29 of his first 32 games. The streak was kept alive by walks in the other three contests.

But while he didn’t match the overall franchise record, Kramer put together by far the longest on-base streak for a player at the beginning of his Curve career.

Jordan Luplow belted his team-leading eighth home run in the fourth inning, and Altoona rallied from an early 5-2 deficit with three runs in the sixth to pull even. Binghamton came right back with a run in its half of the sixth, however, and added single insurance runs in its final two at-bats to win the rubber game of the series.

Curve starter Yeudy Garcia allowed four runs on seven hits in 3 2/3 innings in a no-decision. Reliever Tate Scioneaux (4-1) took the loss as he gave up two runs in two innings.

P.J. Conlon (4-2) won for the Rumble Ponies, despite allowing five runs on 10 hits in six innings. Corey Taylor earned his second save by pitching the ninth.

Edwin Espinal also homered the Curve, his fourth. Luplow and Wyatt Mathisen had two hits apiece, and Elvis Escobar drove in a pair.

The Curve return home tonight for a three-game series against Erie, followed by four against Akron.

Altoona is expected to get catcher Jin-De Jhang back tonight after he missed the first month and a half recovering from an oblique injury.

When Akron comes to town next week, Jhang’s brother, Yu-Cheng Chang, will be playing shortstop for the RubberDucks. It will be the first time ever that a Curve player will be facing his brother in a game.

Game recap

Key player: 3B David Thompson went 3-for-4 with a homer and four RBIs for Binghamton.

Key play: 2B L.J. Mazzilli tripled in the sixth and scored on a groundout to give Binghamton the lead for good.

Key stat: 2B Kevin Kramer’s 32-game on-base streak ended, falling one shy of the Curve record.

How they scored

Top 2nd: Luplow hit by pitch, scored on Suiter single (1-0).

Bottom 2nd: Oberste singled, Kaczmarski walked, both scored on Thompson three-run homer (1-3).

Top 4th: Luplow solo homer (2-3).

Bottom 4th: Thompson singled, scored on Guillorme single (2-4).

Bottom 5th: Oberste doubled, scored on Thompson single (2-5).

Top 6th: Espinal solo homer (3-5); Mathisen singled, Suiter walked, both scored on Escobar single (5-5).

Bottom 6th: Mazzilli tripled, scored on Stuart groundout (5-6).

Bottom 7th: Nido doubled, scored on Kaczmarski sacrifice fly (5-7).

Bottom 8th: Mazzilli walked, scored on Kramer error (5-8).

Next stop

Tonight: Erie at Altoona, 6 p.m.

Pitchers: Curve RHP Alex McRae (3-0, 2.47) vs. SeaWolves LHP Tyler Alexander (2-3, 4.32)

Record: 22-15

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