Early deficit too much for Curve

Next stop

Tonight: Altoona at Erie, 7:05 p.m.

Pitchers: Curve LHP Brandon Waddell (1-1, 1.89) vs. SeaWolves LHP Tarik Skubal (0-0, 0.00)

Record: 12-7 (second half); 47-39 (overall)

From Mirror reports

ERIE — The Curve fell in a big hole early and didn’t get their offense going until it was too late Thursday night.

Erie scored three runs in the first inning and held on for a 5-3 win over Altoona in the first game of the second half at UPMC Park. The Curve dropped 3¢ games behind Bowie and two behind Erie in the Western Division standings.

The SeaWolves tagged Curve starter Sean Brady for three runs in the opening inning, capped by a two-run double from Daniel Pinero. An error on shortstop Gift Ngoepe also helped open the doors for Erie to score in the inning.

Altoona trailed 4-0 before getting on the board in the sixth. Jared Oliva tripled and came in to score on the play on a throwing error.

The Curve were down 5-1 entering the ninth, only to draw closer on a two-run single by Robbie Glendinning. Altoona drew no closer, though, and had its four-game winning streak snapped.

Brady (3-8) took the loss, allowing four runs — one earned — on six hits in six innings. Erie starter Logan Shore (3-7) picked up the win, giving up one unearned run on just two hits over six innings.

The Curve had swept Erie in a three-game series this past weekend prior to the Eastern League All-Star break. But the SeaWolves got some revenge and now will look to gain more ground on Altoona in the standings over the final three games of the series.

SUBHD: Game recap

Key player: RHP Logan Shore held the Curve to two hits and one unearned run over six innings to win for Erie.

Key play: The SeaWolves took control early with three runs in the first inning.

Key stat: The Curve are 3 ¢ games out of first place and had their four-game winning streak snapped.

SUBHD: How they scored

Bottom 1st: Paredes singled, scored on Ngoepe error that let Lester reach (0-1); Azocar singled, scored along with Lester on Pinero double (0-3).

Bottom 4th: Pinero solo homer (0-4).

Top 6th: Oliva tripled, scored on Gibson error (1-4).

Bottom 7th: Alcantara solo homer (1-5).

Top 9th: Oliva doubled, Madris singled, both scored on Glendinning single (3-5).

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