Curve coming home off three-game Erie sweep
Next game: Akron at Altoona, Friday,7 p.m.
From Mirror reports
ERIE — The Curve finished off their best three-game stretch of the season Wednesday to sweep a series at Erie.
Altoona rolled to a 6-2 victory in its second straight morning game against the SeaWolves at UPMC Park. That capped an impressive three days for the Curve, who bounced back in strong fashion after manager Michael Ryan challenged the team following the last home game Sunday.
“That is the best three games we have played consecutive,” Ryan texted the Mirror after Wednesday’s win. “Happy to see what we are capable of.”
Altoona trailed Erie 4-3 after the top of the seventh Monday night, and Ryan was ejected in between innings. The SeaWolves then scored four more runs to push their lead to 8-3.
The Curve came back in dramatic fashion to win that game, scoring five times in the ninth for a 9-8 victory, then got a superb pitching performance Tuesday in a 3-0 victory.
They finished off the series sweep Wednesday, playing well in all phases to post the 6-2 win.
Altoona took the lead right off the bat on an RBI single by Logan Hill in the first inning, scoring Mitchell Tolman. Jared Oliva homered for the second straight day to make it 2-0 in the third.
Up 2-1, the Curve added two runs in the fourth and two more in the sixth to pull away. Bligh Madris had an RBI double in the fourth, and Arden Pabst ripped a solo homer in the sixth.
Altoona’s pitching staff made it hold up on a bullpen day, with Austin Coley going the first two innings and then five relievers pitching in the rest of the way to hold Erie to two runs.
Blake Cederlind (1-0) was credited with the win, giving up one run on five hits over three innings.
Erie starter Alex Faedo (3-4) took the loss, allowing two runs on four hits in three innings.
Pabst went 3-for-5 for the Curve, while Josh Lester was 3-for-4 for the SeaWolves.
Altoona is off today and begins a seven-game homestand Friday night against Akron.
SUBHD: Game recap
Key player: C Arden Pabst went 3-for-5 with a solo homer for the Curve.
Key play: Altoona extended a 2-1 lead with two runs in the fourth, on an RBI double by RF Bligh Madris and run-scoring groundout by SS Brett Pope.
Key stat: The Curve swept the three-game series.
SUBHD: How they scored
Top 1st: Tolman singled, scored on Hill single (1-0).
Top 3rd: Oliva solo homer (2-0).
Bottom 3rd: Numata tripled, scored on Simcox groundout (2-1).
Top 4th: Owen hit by pitch, scored on Madris double (3-1); Pope groundout scored Madris (4-1).
Top 6th: Owen doubled, scored on Madris groundout (5-1); Pabst solo homer (6-1).
Bottom 6th: Lester solo homer (6-2).