Newman survives beaning in Curve victory

From Mirror reports

RICHMOND, Va. — Curve shortstop Kevin Newman was hit in the head by a fastball while batting Wednesday afternoon and was taken to a local hospital, but the diagnosis turned out to be good news.

Newman suffered a forehead contusion and not a concussion, Curve manager Michael Ryan said, and is listed as day to day.

Shortly after Newman was hit, Altoona scored four runs in the first inning and went on to rout Richmond, 10-3, at The Diamond.

Newman, the highest-rated prospect on this year’s Curve team and considered by many to be the Pirates’ shortstop of the future, was batting second when he took a fastball to the head from Richmond’s Sam Coonrod (1-3). Newman went down for about a minute but was able to get up and walk off the field on his own.

Chris Diaz came in for Newman and scored moments later on a double by Kevin Kramer. Edwin Espinal followed with an RBI double, and Jordan Luplow smacked his team-leading sixth homer, a two-run shot, for a 4-0 lead in the first.

Richmond nearly caught up, scoring three times in its first at-bat. Curve starter Brandon Waddell didn’t retire a batter and was pulled in the first inning after giving up a walk, single, walk, double and walk, leading to the Flying Squirrels’ three runs.

Tate Scioneaux came in for Waddell, got out of the first with the lead and pitched four shutout innings, allowing just one hit.

The Curve blew it open with six runs in the fifth inning, ignited by another RBI double from Espinal, who went 3-for-5. Luplow, Chase Simpson and Elvis Escobar also had RBI singles in the inning for Altoona.

Luis Heredia (1-1) was credited with the win for Altoona, somewhat of an odd choice given how well Scioneaux pitched. Heredia was strong, as well, tossing three scoreless innings while allowing one hit and two walks.

SUBHD: Game recap

Key player: 1B Edwin Espinal went 3-for-5 with two RBIs and two runs for the Curve.

Key play: Altoona led by one before scoring six runs in the fifth inning.

Key stat: The Curve scored all 10 of their runs in just two innings.

SUBHD: How they scored

Top 1st: Newman hit by pitch, pinch-runner Diaz scored on Kramer double (1-0); Espinal double scored Kramer (2-0); Luplow two-run homer scored Espinal (4-0).

Bottom 1st: Heathcott walked, Hinojosa singled, both scored on Shaw double (4-2); Gomez walked, scored on Arnold sacrifice fly (4-3).

To 5th: Reyes hit by pitch, scored on Espinal double (5-3); Diaz walked, scored along with Espinal on Luplow single and Garcia error (7-3); Joe walked, scored on Simpson single (8-3); Escobar single scored Luplow (9-3); Reyes groundout scored Simpson (10-3).

Next stop

Tonight: New Hampshire at Altoona, 6 p.m.

Pitchers: Curve RHP Austin Coley (1-1, 3.47) vs. Fisher Cats RHP Connor Greene (1-2, 3.57)

Record: 18-12

Covering the bases

LEADING OFF: 2B Kevin Kramer and 1B Edwin Espinal continue to torment pitchers in the heart of the Curve’s batting order. Kramer had an RBI double Wednesday and has reached base in all 27 games he’s played. He’s batting .376, which ranks second in the Eastern League by a single point. Espinal went 3-for-5 to raise his average to .351, which is fourth in the EL.

SAFE AT FIRST: RHP Tate Scioneaux is one of several relievers who have been outstanding this season. He tossed four scoreless innings Wednesday to lower his ERA to 0.90.

STEALING SECOND: RHP Montana DuRapau finished the game with two scoreless innings, lowering his ERA to 0.55.

ROUNDING THIRD: LF Jordan Luplow and 3B Chase Simpson had two hits apiece for the Curve.

HEADING HOME: Altoona returns home tonight to begin a four-game series against New Hampshire.

— Cory Giger

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