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Contreras, bullpen get it done for Curve

From Mirror reports

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. — The Curve enjoyed a special night that was nearly historic in the opener of their 12-game road trip Tuesday, thanks in large part to a pitcher who is off to a fantastic start this season.

Roansy Contreras pitched six no-hit innings, tied his career high in strikeouts with 11 and combined with Jeff Passantino on a 1-hit shutout in Altoona’s 5-0 win over Binghamton at NYSEG Stadium.

Contreras was perfect for 5ª innings, only to lose the perfecto on a walk to … a relief pitcher, Thomas McIlraith.

Contreras was lifted after six innings and 70 pitches, with a no-hitter intact. But Binghamton broke it up as the first batter Passantino faced, Sebastian Elizalde, singled to center.

That was the lone hit of the night for the Rumble Ponies. Passantino finished off the game and the 1-hitter as the Curve won their third in a row.

Contreras dealing

Contreras (1-0) struck out 11 in the season opener for the Curve, then equaled that mark Tuesday. He dominated the Binghamton lineup in his six no-hit innings, throwing a lot of first-pitch strikes to control the at-bats.

Contreras came over to the Pirates from the Yankees in the Jameson Taillon trade earlier this year, and so far the 21-year-old right-hander has been exceptional. McIlraith (0-1) took the loss for Binghamton, which remains winless at 0-6.

Long ball

Oneil Cruz belted a two-run homer for the Curve in the sixth inning, and Canaan Smith-Njigba drilled a three-run blast in the ninth for some insurance. It was the first homer of the season for both. Smith-Njigba went 3-for-4 and is batting .400.

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