Lots of walks equal Curve ‘W’

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Today: Altoona at Richmond, 1:05 p.m.

Pitchers: Curve RHP Scooter Hightower (1-2, 4.63) vs. Flying Squirrels LHP Conner Menez (1-1, 2.49)

Record: 15-13

From Mirror reports

RICHMOND, Va. — Ball four, ball eight … ball 24. Add it all up, and it led to a seven spot for the Curve in a game-breaking inning Saturday.

Altoona took advantage of six Richmond walks in the third inning and scored seven runs to cruise to an 8-3 win at The Diamond. The Curve have won three in a row and are back to two games over .500 following a lot of ups and downs early in the season.

Catcher Jason Delay had a huge day for Altoona, going 4-for-4 with a walk, triple, RBI and a run. Bralin Jackson also came up big, going 3-for-5, including a two-run double to cap the seven-run third inning.

That inning started with, of course, a walk. Alfredo Reyes drew the first free pass from Richmond starter Sandro Cabrera, who then gave up a single to Jackson and a walk to Logan Hill to load the bases.

Hunter Owen walked to force in a run, making it 2-0 and starting the scoring in the third. Cabrera and reliever Chase Johnson kept walking batters and giving up an occasional hit, allowing the Curve to explode in the frame.

Johnson walked Curve pitcher Cam Vieaux and then Jared Oliva later in the third, and Delay had an RBI single. Jackson followed with his two-run double to make it 8-0.

Vieaux (1-2) picked up his first win of the season, giving up three runs on six hits over five innings with six strikeouts and three walks. Vieaux has pitched in some tough luck — including being the losing pitcher in last week’s 1-0 no-hit defeat against Erie — but got some breaks with the offensive eruption in the third.

Cabrera (0-1) gave up five runs on five hits and three walks over 2 1/3 innings to take the loss. Johnson allowed three runs on three hits and three walks in 2 2/3 innings of relief.

Delay raised his average to .361 with his 4-for-4 game, while Jackson upped his average to .271. Owen raised his team-leading RBI total to 26.

SUBHD: Transactions

The flurry of injuries hitting the Pirates has caused a trickle-down effect to the Curve roster.

LHP Sean Keselica was promoted to Triple-A Indianapolis to help that club’s depleted bullpen. INF Alfredo Reyes came back down from Indy to Altoona.

OF Ryan Peurifoy was added to the active roster from extended spring training. RHP Blake Cederlind was promoted to the Curve from high-A Bradenton.

SUBHD: Game recap

Key player: C Jason Delay went 4-for-4 with a walk, plus he tripled, had an RBI and scored once.

Key play: The Curve cashed in on six walks to score seven runs in the third inning.

Key stat: Six walks in one inning is downright wild.

SUBHD: How they scored

Top 2nd: Suiter doubled, scored on Delay single (1-0).

Top 3rd: Reyes walked, scored on Owen bases-loaded walk (2-0); Jackson singled, scored on Suiter sacrifice fly (3-0); Hill walked, scored on Johnson wild pitch (4-0); Owen scored on Valerio groundout (5-0); Delay walked, scored on Reyes single (6-0); Vieaux walked, Oliva walked, both scored on Jackson double (8-0).

Bottom 4th: Michael walked, scored on Fargas single (8-1).

Bottom 5th: Quinn solo homer (8-2); Miller walked, scored on Vieaux wild pitch (8-3).