Curve hurt by homer in eighth

Next stop

Tonight: Altoona at Erie, 7:05

Pitchers: Curve RHP Osvaldo Bido (2-0, 2.30) vs. SeaWolves TBA

Record: 24-15

Radio: WRTA-AM 1240 & 98.5-FM

Sunday: Altoona at Erie, 1:35 p.m.

From Mirror reports

ERIE — The Curve have won their share of close games in the late innings this season, but they were on the other end of things Friday night.

Erie scored twice in the eighth inning to break up a tie game and defeated Altoona, 4-2, at UPMC Park. Spencer Torkelson cracked a two-run homer in the eighth to give the SeaWolves the victory.

Tight game

The Curve grabbed a quick lead in the first on an RBI single by Brendt Citta, then Erie tied it in the third. Altoona went back up by a run in the fifth on Jonah Davis’ fourth homer of the season, and the SeaWolves scored in the sixth to pull even again.

Curve starter Trey McGough turned in a solid outing, allowing two runs on six hits over 5 2/3 innings, striking out five with no walks in a no-decision.

Oddy Nunez (2-1) took the loss in relief as he gave up Torkelson’s go-ahead homer in the eighth.

Stats and stuff

Oneil Cruz and Canaan Smith-Njigba had two hits apiece for the Curve, but the offense couldn’t get much going with only two runs.

Torkelson went 2-for-4, and his big home run was his first of the season.

Ruben Garcia (2-0) earned the win in relief for Erie, while Chavez Fernandez pitched the ninth to earn his first save.

The Curve and Erie entered the day tied for second place in the Southwest Division at 24-14, so the SeaWolves moved one game ahead with the victory.

Looking ahead

The two teams play tonight and then wrap up the six-game series Sunday afternoon. Altoona will be off Monday, then welcome Harrisburg to town for a six-game series beginning Tuesday.


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