Curve fall to seal losing home record
For all the hoopla this year’s Curve roster received, what with lots of prospects, excitement and high hopes, it’s pretty amazing that the following wound up being true.
The Curve will have a losing record at home this season.
That is now guaranteed after a 12-5 loss to Erie on Friday night at Peoples Natural Gas Field, in a game that featured two inside-the-park home runs by the visiting SeaWolves.
The Curve fell to 26-29 at home, with just two more games remaining tonight and Sunday afternoon.
This is just the seventh time in the franchise’s 22 seasons that Altoona will finish with a losing record at home.
This Curve team also is in danger of finishing with a losing overall record. They are now 54-54 with the two home games remaining and then seven games in six days at Bowie, which is 20 games over .500.
Rally, then collapse
The Curve staged a nice rally after falling behind 5-0, battling back with two runs in the sixth inning and then three in the seventh to catch up. Cal Mitchell singled home Ji-hwan Bae and Mason Martin to pull Altoona even in the seventh.
But the rally was for naught, as Erie exploded for seven runs in the ninth inning to squash Altoona.
Stats and stuff
Erie’s first run of the night scored on an inside-the-park home run in the third inning by Daniel Cabrera, who hit a fly ball to deep center that bounced off the wall and away from two Curve outfielders.
Cabrera later drove in the go-ahead run in the ninth inning, belting an RBI double to right that gave the SeaWolves a 6-5 lead. They poured it on from there against relievers Brad Case (2-3) and Will Gardner.
Erie’s other inside-the-park home run came in the fourth inning when Eric De La Rosa hit a ball down the third base line that got hung up near the fence in left.
Curve left fielder Canaan Smith-Njigba initially put his hands up trying to signal for a ground-rule double. But he then picked the ball up, and De La Rosa kept motoring around the bases and scored.
Mitchell and Connor Kaiser had three hits apiece for the Curve, while Bae and Jack Suwinski had two hits each.
De La Rosa went 3-for-3 and fell a single shy of the cycle while driving in three runs and scoring twice. He also drew one walk.
Cale Coshow (5-1) won in relief for Erie.