Curve losing streak reaches six
RICHMOND, Va. — The struggling Curve offense came alive a bit Thursday, but this time the usually reliable pitching staff faltered.
That’s usually the way things go when a team is mired in a losing streak.
Altoona just can’t seem to put all aspects together in given contest, and it’s led to a six-game losing streak. Richmond pounded Curve pitching Thursday night in an 8-4 win at The Diamond for the latest defeat.
The Flying Squirrels scored five runs over the first four innings and finished with three homers in taking down Altoona. The Curve had 10 hits, five for extra bases, but it wasn’t close to enough.
It’s been a wild season so far for the Curve, who tied a franchise record by starting 5-0. But they’ve gone 1-8 since then, including the six straight losses.
Arden Pabst had a triple, double and two runs Thursday. Logan Hill and Stephen Alemais also had two hits apiece, and all but one starting position player had at least one hit.
Altoona’s pitching, which has kept the team in just about every game, struggled this time.
Starter Scooter Hightower (0-2) allowed five runs — four earned — on six hits in four innings. The Flying Squirrels added three insurance runs in the eighth off reliever Angel Herman.
Conner Menez (1-1) got the win for Richmond, allowing two runs — one earned — on six hits over five innings.
Thursday’s game was the opener of a six-game road trip for the Curve, who will be back home next Thursday.
INF Robbie Glendinning was sent from Altoona to high-A Bradenton on Thursday to make room for INF Alfredo Reyes to be added to the roster from Triple-A Indianapolis.
Key player: 1B Jonah Arenado, brother of Rockies star third baseman Nolan, went 4-for-4 with a homer for Richmond.
Key play: The Flying Squirrels scored twice in the fourth inning for a commanding 5-2 lead.
Key stat: The Curve have dropped six in a row. The franchise record is 11 straight losses, which occurred in 2000.
How they scored
Top 1st: Oliva doubled, scored on Hill single (1-0).
Bottom 2nd: Quinn singled, scored on Arenado double (1-1); Heyward walked, scored on Marte sacrifice fly (1-2).
Top 3rd: Alemais singled, scored on Madris single (2-2).
Bottom 3rd: Howard solo homer (2-3).
Bottom 4th: Heyward singled, scored on Marte single (2-4); Arenado singled, scored on Menez sacrifice fly (2-5).
Top 7th: Pabst tripled, scored on Tolman groundout (3-5).
Bottom 8th: Miller solo homer (3-6); Shaw singled, scored on Arenado two-run homer (3-8).
Top 9th: Pabst doubled, scored on Alemais single (4-8).