Bae’s three-run blast caps Curve’s rally
BRIDGEWATER, N.J. — The Curve offense remained quiet until the late innings on Tuesday night.
Trailing 6-1, Altoona exploded for three runs in the seventh inning and five in the eighth, capped off by a go-ahead, three-run home run from second baseman Ji-hwan Bae. The offensive onslaught was enough for the Curve to complete the comeback and defeat Somerset, 9-7.
Facing the Patriots’ bullpen, Altoona loaded the bases in the seventh with a pair of singles and a walk. With two outs, left fielder Canaan Smith-Njigba hit a three-RBI, bases-clearing double to narrow the deficit to just two runs.
In the eighth, the Curve recorded a pair of hits and a walk before shortstop Josh Bissonette hit a sacrifice fly to make it 6-5. Catcher Arden Pabst followed with an RBI single that evened the score 6-6, just before Bae gave Altoona a three-run lead with his big fly.
Somerset scored most of its runs early thanks to the long ball. Shortstop Oswald Peraza hit a solo homer in the first inning and left fielder Isiah Gilliam smacked a three-run blast in the second.
Player of the game
Somerset starting pitcher Janson Junk tossed six strong innings. The right-hander allowed one earned run on two hits in a no-decision.
Stats and stuff
Travis MacGregor earned the start on the mound for the Curve and pitched five innings. The righty allowed five earned runs on six hits in a no-decision.
MacGregor was relieved by John O’Reilly, who was credited with the win. The righty allowed one earned run on four hits in two innings of work.
Patriots righty Zach Greene was tabbed with the loss. Greene threw 2/3 of an inning, allowing five earned runs on four hits.
Altoona righty Hunter Stratton earned the save, his seventh of the year. Stratton pitched the ninth inning, allowing one hit and no runs.