Oliva, Hill key for Curve
Today: Altoona at Erie, 1:35 p.m.
Pitchers: Curve LHP Domingo Robles (2-2, 4.50) vs. SeaWolves RHP Anthony Castro (3-2, 4.15)
Record: 14-7 (second half); 49-39 (overall)
From Mirror reports
ERIE — A huge offensive night by Jared Oliva and another huge home run by Logan Hill carried the Curve to an extra-innings win Saturday night at Erie.
Oliva went 3-for-5 with five RBIs and drove in the go-ahead run in the 10th as Altoona downed the SeaWolves, 10-7, at UPMC Park. After Oliva gave the Curve the lead in the 10th, Hill followed with a two-run homer for some insurance.
The Curve are now 10 games over .500 for the first time this season.
Hill’s solo homer provided the only run in Altoona’s 1-0 win Friday night. The Curve won that game despite striking out a franchise-record 18 times.
The offense turned things around in a big way Saturday, though, getting production throughout the order. Jerrick Suiter went 3-for-5 with a two-run homer, while Mitchell Tolman went 2-for-4 with a walk and a run at the top of the order.
The Curve scored three runs in the first before Erie tied it in the second. It was a back-and-forth game all night, with Altoona grabbing a 7-4 lead, only to have the SeaWolves pull even with three in the sixth.
Reliever Jesus Liranzo (2-0) got the win for the Curve with two scoreless innings. Drew Carlton (1-3) took the loss for Erie.
Altoona starter Cody Bolton had another tough outing, giving up four runs on five hits over five innings.
The heralded prospect dominated at high-A Bradenton with a 1.61 ERA in 12 starts, but through three starts with the Curve, he has a 7.53 ERA.
With the win and Bowie having its six-game winning streak end Saturday, the Curve pulled within 2¢ games of the first-place Baysox in the Western Division.
Key player: CF Jared Oliva went 3-for-5 with five RBIs and two runs for the Curve.
Key play: Oliva’s RBI single gave Altoona the lead in the 10th, and DH Logan Hill added a two-run homer.
Key stat: The Curve are a season-high 10 games over .500.
How they scored
Top 1st: Tolman doubled, Sharpe hit by pitch, both scored on Oliva double (2-0); Madris sacrifice fly scored Oliva (3-0).
Bottom 2nd: Burch singled, Alcantara walked, both scored on Eaves three-run homer (3-3).
Bottom 3rd: Hill solo homer (3-4).
Top 4th: Glendinning singled, scored on Suiter two-run homer (5-4).
Top 5th: Tolman singled, Sharpe doubled, both scored on Oliva single (7-4).
Bottom 6th: Burch doubled, scored on Alcantara single (7-5); Eaves two-run homer scored Alcantara (7-7).
Top 10th: Sharpe started at second, scored on Oliva single (8-7); Hill two-run homer scored Oliva (10-7).