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Solo home run all Curve can muster in road loss

Next stop

Tonight: Altoona at

New Hampshire, 7:05 p.m.

Pitching matchup: Curve RHP Aaron Shortridge vs. Cats RHP Trent Palmer

Record: 31-35

From Mirror reports

MANCHESTER, N.H. — The Curve’s struggles late in the first half of the season continued Thursday night with another loss, the club’s fourth in the last five games.

Altoona got a home run from Matt Fraizer on the second pitch of the game, then was blanked the rest of the way in a 3-1 loss to New Hampshire at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium.

The Curve dropped to four games below .500, one shy of the season high.

Fraizer belted a 1-0 pitch over the wall in right center for a leadoff homer to start the game. But Altoona managed only three more hits the rest of the night as the offense fizzled.

The pitching was solid as starter Carmen Mlodzinski (0-4) allowed two runs on three hits in five innings, then Brad Case gave up one run on one hit in his three innings.

The Curve stood at 14-19 on May 15, for the season-high mark of five games below .500. They were right at the break-even mark of 26-26 on June 8 but have gone 5-9 since then.

Their 31-35 record is good for fourth place in the Southwestern Division, eight games behind Akron, which sports a 39-27 mark. Both Erie and Richmond, at 38-28, are tied for second place.

In other scores Thursday, Portland and Richmond split a twinbill, Portland winning 4-3 and losing 4-2. Erie edged Bowie, 3-2, while Binghamton downed Reading, 5-4, in 10 innings. Akron won 8-2 over Harrisburg, and Somerset beat Hartford, 7-4.

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