Curve held to just 3 hits

Next stop

Tonight: Altoona at New Hampshire, 6:35 p.m.

Pitchers: Curve LHP Cam Vieaux (2-2, 2.84) vs. Fisher Cats RHP Hector Perez (2-2, 6.82)

Record: 22-21

From Mirror reports

MANCHESTER, N.H. — The Curve’s season-long road trip to the northeast got off to a rough start Tuesday night with a lackluster offensive performance.

Altoona was held to just three hits in a 5-0 shutout loss to New Hampshire at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium. The Fisher Cats grabbed a 1-0 lead in the fifth inning and broke open the game with four runs in the seventh.

Altoona managed just a double by Hunter Owen and two singles in getting shut out. New Hampshire right-hander Yennsy Diaz (4-3) blanked the Curve on two hits over seven innings, striking out eight with two walks.

Lefty Sean Brady (1-4) turned in his best start since joining the Curve a couple of weeks ago. He allowed three runs — only one earned — over 6• innings, although he did give up 10 hits. Brady has a 7.47 ERA in six Eastern League starts, three with Akron and three now with Altoona.

Christian Williams broke open the game with a three-run homer in the seventh for New Hampshire off reliever Vicente Campos. That capped the Fisher Cats’ four-run inning that made it 5-0.

New Hampshire got on the board in the fifth on an RBI single by Brock Lundquist.

Hunter Owen had a double in the second inning for Altoona and was hit by a pitch his next at-bat in the fourth. He remained in the game for an inning before being replaced in the fifth.

The Curve can ill afford to lose Owen, who has been the team’s best player and one of the best in the EL this season. He’s hitting .315 with 10 homers, 32 RBIs and a .991 OPS.

Game recap

Key player: RHP Yennsy Diaz tossed seven shutout innings for New Hampshire, allowing just two hits.

Key play: The Fisher Cats scored four runs in the seventh inning for a 5-0 lead, capped by a three-run homer from 1B Christian Williams.

Key stat: The Curve entered the game 12-8 away from home but were playing the opener of a 10-game road trip.

How they scored

Bottom 5th: Sotillo doubled, scored on Lundquist single (0-1).

Bottom 7th: Wall singled, scored on Capra sacrifice fly (0-2); Espinal reached on Tolman error, Smith walked, both scored on Williams three-run homer (0-5).