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Altoona has bad day at the plate

On deck

Tonight: Erie at Altoona, 6 p.m.

Pitchers: Curve RHP Travis MacGregor (0-1, 3.38) vs. Wolves RHP Ricardo Pinto (1-1, 3.68)

Record: 11-7

Radio: WRTA-AM 1240 & 98.5-FM

By Matthew Knaub

For the Mirror

Fresh off a road trip in which they went 9-3, the Curve could not continue their hot streak at home on Tuesday night.

After falling behind early, Altoona lost to Erie, 5-1, at Peoples Natural Gas Field in the series opener. The Curve mustered just three hits and struck out nine times in the contest.

Right-hander Roansy Contreras (2-1) took the ball for Altoona and lasted four innings. He allowed five earned runs on four hits and was tabbed with the loss, his first of the season after a terrific start that saw him pitch 17ª scoreless innings over three games.

Erie utilized rallies in the second and third innings to score five runs, which proved to be more than enough. Seven different SeaWolves registered a hit in the matchup.

SUBHD: Players of the game

Former major league right-hander Pedro Payano started for Erie and pitched well, tossing four innings. He allowed just two hits and one run while striking out five.

The New York native made his MLB debut in 2019 with Texas, pitching in six games. Four of Payano’s appearances were starts, and he posted a 1-2 record with a 5.73 ERA with the Rangers.

The SeaWolves used three relievers to finish the contest — right-handers Cale Coshow, Gerson Moreno and Ethan DeCaster. The trio combined to pitch five shutout innings, allowing just one hit.

Coshow (1-0) threw two innings and was credited with the victory. Moreno, who also hurled a pair of frames, struck out four Curve batters and did not allow any hits.

SUBHD: Mitchell goes deep

Altoona right fielder Cal Mitchell blasted a solo homer, his only hit of the contest. In his first season at the Double-A level, Mitchell is now tied for the team lead with three homers.

“(His) numbers might not show what he’s been capable (of doing),” Curve manager Miguel Perez said. “His plate discipline is great, he doesn’t chase much.”

The California native was selected by the Pirates in the second round of the 2017 draft. He is the 19th-ranked prospect within Pittsburgh’s farm system, according to Baseball America.

SUBHD: Milestone manager

Erie manager Arnie Beyeler is one of only 12 managers in minor league history to win 1,000 games. He reached the milestone on May 12 in a win over Akron.

SUBHD: How they scored

Top 2nd: Lester tripled, scored on throwing error (0-1); Rosoff singled, scored on Myers home run (0-3).

Top 3rd: Greene walked, scored on Rosa bases-loaded walk (0-4); Kreidler singled, scored on Quiggle sacrifice fly (0-5).

Bottom 4th: Mitchell solo homer (1-5).

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