Vasquez blanks SeaWolves
From Mirror reports
ERIE — Unlike Akron, Erie has long been a place where the Curve have gone to get well.
That’s been the case so far this week, with struggling Altoona finding success in the SeaWolves’ small ballpark.
The Curve belted a pair of solo homers and got an outstanding pitching performance from Pedro Vasquez in a 3-0 win Tuesday at UPMC Park. The 10:35 a.m. start came on the heels of Altoona scoring five runs in the ninth inning the night before to stun Erie in the series opener, 9-8.
The Curve have a winning record all-time playing at Erie, improving to 116-100 with Tuesday’s victory.
Mitchell Tolman singled home a run in the second inning to put the Curve on top early. Jared Oliva smacked a homer in the fourth to make it 2-0, and Jason Delay tacked on an insurance run with a homer in the ninth.
Vasquez (4-1) turned in a stellar outing, blanking Erie on five hits over six innings, striking out four with one walk.
Beau Sulser followed with three scoreless innings to finish off the shutout and earn his first save.
Logan Shore (2-5) took the loss for Erie, giving up two runs in six innings.
The Curve will go for a series sweep with another morning game today. It will wrap up a stretch that has had the Curve playing 16 out of 23 games on the road.
Altoona will be off Thursday, then return home Friday for a seven-game homestand.
Key player: RHP Pedro Vasquez tossed six shutout innings for the Curve.
Key play: Solo homers by CF Jared Oliva in the fourth and C Jason Delay in the ninth paced Altoona’s offense.
Key stat: The Curve have won the first two games of this series and are 116-100 all-time at Erie.
How they scored
Top 2nd: Reyes walked, scored on Tolman single (1-0).
Top 4th: Oliva solo homer (2-0).
Top 9th: Delay solo homer (3-0).
Today: Altoona at Erie, 10:35 a.m.
Pitchers: Curve TBD vs. SeaWolves RHP Alex Faedo (3-3, 3.81)