Martin homer helps Curve triumph in 10

From Mirror reports

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. — The Curve pulled off the kind of improbable early season win Thursday night that can go a long, long way to a team building confidence and getting on a roll.

Altoona trailed by four runs entering the eight inning, only to rally and tie in the ninth and then win in the 10th. The Curve stunned Binghamton, which remains winless, with a 9-6 victory at NYSEG Stadium.

Mason Martin, who hit 35 homers two years ago in Single-A, drilled his first Double-A homer in the ninth inning, a two-run shot to tie the game at 6-6.

In the 10th, Oneil Cruz tripled home two go-ahead runs, and Altoona won its fifth consecutive game.

Stats and stuff

Ji-hwan Bae went 3-for-6, and Bligh Madris was 3-for-5 for the Curve. Cruz and Rodolfo Castro added two hits apiece, as Altoona smacked 14 hits.

Hunter Stratton (1-0) won in relief, while Jared Robinson (0-1) lost in relief for Binghamton.

Roster moves

Pitcher Cody Bolton was transferred to the 60-day injured list Thursday with a knee injury. He is one of the Pirates’ top 10 prospects.

Infielder Ethan Paul was assigned to Triple-A Indianapolis.

Craig delivers

Former Curve first baseman Will Craig hit his first big league home run Thursday night for the Pirates.

How they scored

Top 1st: Bae singled, scored on Oller error (1-0).

Bottom 3rd: Romero walked, scored on Cortes single (1-1); Elizalde double scored Cortes (1-2).

Top 4th: Mitchell walked, scored on Madris single (2-2).

Bottom 4th: Toffey reached on fielder’s choice, scored on Romero single (2-3).

Bottom 5th: Cortes singled, scored on Elizalde groundout (2-4); Carpio reached on Castro error, scored on Lagrange single (2-5).

Bottom 7th: Elizalde walked, scored on Vasquez single (2-6).

Top 8th: Mitchell singled, scored on Hernandez groundout (3-6).

Top 9th: Bae tripled, scored on Castro single (4-6); Martin two-run homer scored Castro (6-6).

Top 10th: Hernandez started on second, Bae singled, both scored on Cruz triple (8-6); Castro single scored Cruz (9-6).


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