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Squirrels fly past Curve

RICHMOND, Va. — Promising pitching prospect Cody Bolton got off to a strong start for four innings in his Double-A debut Wednesday night for the Curve, but things got away from him and the bullpen in the fifth.

Bolton blanked Richmond on one hit for four innings, then was charged with four runs in the fifth as the Flying Squirrels rallied for a 6-2 win at The Diamond. Altoona led 2-0 entering the bottom of the fifth but had its three-game winning streak snapped.

Bolton dominated at high-A Bradenton, posting a 1.61 ERA in 12 starts to earn a promotion to the Curve. He appeared to be cruising until running into trouble in the fifth, when the Flying Squirrels got a leadoff single and walk, then another one-out walk to load the bases.

Pinch-hitter Peter Maris followed with an RBI single to pull Richmond within 2-1. With the bases still loaded, Bolton was lifted for reliever Joel Cesar, who allowed a three-run triple that gave the Flying Squirrels a 4-2 edge.

Bolton (0-1) gave up only three hits and struck out six, but those two walks in the fifth made a big difference.

Former major leaguer Brandon Beachy (3-3) got the start and the win for Richmond, giving up two runs on six hits in five innings. The 32-year-old righty spent parts of five seasons in the majors between 2010-15, compiling a 14-12 record and 3.36 ERA for the Braves and Dodgers.

Beachy had been out of baseball for a couple of years from 2016-18 with an elbow injury before returning to independent ball last season.

The Curve grabbed a 2-0 lead on a pair of RBI singles by Robbie Glendinning, one in the first and another in the third, with both scoring Mitchell Tolman.

Glendinning and Tolman both finished with two hits, but the Curve didn’t score or threaten much after the third inning.

Game recap

Key player: RF Johneshy Fargas went 2-for-3 with three RBIs for Richmond.

Key play: Fargas’ three-run triple in the fifth gave the Flying Squirrels a 4-2 lead.

Key stat: The Curve had their three-game winning streak snapped.

How they scored

Top 1st: Tolman walked, scored on Glendinning single (1-0).

Top 3rd: Tolman doubled, scored on Glendinning single (2-0).

Bottom 5th: Houchins singled, scored on Maris single (2-1); Heyward walked, Marte walked, both scored along with Maris on Fargas triple (2-4).

Bottom 6th: Miller singled, scored on Heyward fielder’s choice (2-5); Marte single scored Heyward (2-6).

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