Luplow delivers game-winning homer

From Mirror reports

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. — One thing the Pirates organization desperately needs is power-hitting prospects, and Curve outfielder Jordan Luplow is opening eyes in that department in his first season of of Double-A.

Luplow came off the bench to hit a game-winning, pinch-hit homer in the ninth inning Wednesday night to give the Curve an 8-6 victory over Binghamton at NYSEG Stadium. Luplow’s two-run shot was his team-leading seventh homer, and he has more than twice as many as any other member of the club (two others have three).

Kevin Kramer went 1-for-5 to reach base for the 32nd consecutive game, bringing him within one of the franchise record shared by Ronny Paulino and Steve Pearce.

Luplow was a third-round draft pick out of Fresno State in 2014 and has shown flashes of power in his young career, hitting 12 homers in 2015 for low-A West Virginia and 10 last season for high-A Bradenton.

It took him more than 100 games to reach those totals, though, and so far he has seven this year in just 34 games. He’s also hitting .270 with 18 RBIs, 10 doubles and an .885 OPS.

Luplow’s homer gave Altoona a win after it had given up a three-run lead in the seventh inning. The Curve were up 6-3 before Binghamton scored three runs off reliever Jared Lakind.

But in the ninth, Elvis Escobar singled, then Luplow smacked his homer off Tim Peterson (1-1) for an 8-6 lead.

Montana DuRapau came on to pitch the bottom of the ninth and earned his seventh save of the season. It also was his 29th career save for Altoona, tying Matt Peterson’s franchise record.

Kevin Newman, Connor Joe and Wyatt Mathisen had two hits apiece for the Curve. Starter Austin Coley gave up three runs in the second inning but held Binghamton in check for the rest of his night, lasting six innings.

Game recap

Key player: Jordan Luplow homered as a pinch hitter in the ninth for the Curve.

Key play: Luplow’s blast snapped a 6-6 tie and won it for Altoona.

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

How they scored

Bottom 2nd: Decker hit by pitch, scored on Mier sacrifice fly (0-1); Kaczmarski hit by pitch, scored on Jannis single (0-2); Thompson walked, scored on Stuart single (0-3).

Top 4th: Kramer doubled, scored on Espinal single (1-3); Joe tripled scored Espinal (2-3); Mathisen single scored Joe (3-3).

Top 7th: Williams singled, scored on Reyes bases-loaded walk (4-3); Escobar walked, scored on Newman single (5-3); Simpson singled, scored on Kramer infield fly popout (6-3).

Bottom 7th: Plaia singled, scored on Mazzilli two-run homer (6-5); Guillorme walked, scored on Taylor single (6-6).

Top 9th: Escobar singled, scored on Luplow two-run homer (8-6).