Curve make it 6 straight

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. — The Curve are pretty good. Binghamton is pretty bad. It’s tough to determine right now just how good Altoona is or how bad the Rumble Ponies are, but there’s no doubt the Curve are catching this opponent at the right time.

Altoona gave up four runs in the first inning but overcame that deficit to win its sixth straight game Friday night, 9-7 at NYSEG Stadium. While the Curve are hot with a 6-3 record, Binghamton is off to the worst start in professional baseball with an 0-9 mark.

The Curve scored two runs in the second inning and took the lead for good with four runs in the third.

Still streaking

Altoona opened 0-3 against Bowie before winning the final two games of that series. One thing about these six-game series being played this year is that if you’re playing a good or bad team, it could lead to some lengthy winning or losing streaks.

This Binghamton team doesn’t have a lot of top prospects, while the Curve do in fact have a number of them. And Altoona has cashed in over the first four games of the series against a struggling team to run its winning streak to six.

Stats and stuff

Canaan Smith-Njigba, part of the Jameson Taillon trade with the Yankees earlier this year, hit his second homer — a two-run shot in the second inning to start the Curve comeback. He finished 2-for-4 with four RBIs and is batting .364.

Brendt Citta went 3-for-5 with two RBIs and two runs and is batting .357.

Ji-hwan Bae was 2-for-5 with two runs.

Starting pitcher Max Kranick (1-0) picked up the win despite a rough start with the four-run first. He didn’t allow another run over his final four innings.

Dylan Hall (0-1) got pounded for seven runs over four innings to take the loss for Binghamton.

Ballpark fun

The Curve released their full promotional schedule Friday, including 17 fireworks shows and giveaways. The entire list can be found at the team AltoonaCurve.com.


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