Double-A Altoona ties a big 1st inning to a victory
Friday night saw the Altoona Curve get back over .500 on the season. Following a 4-2 victory over the Richmond Flying Squirrels, the Double-A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates are now 43-42 on the season.
Jared Triolo drew a walk to start the bottom of the 1st inning. Blake Sabol would then hit a one-out, two-run home run. Sabol’s 11th home run of the season made the score 2-0 Curve. The lead would then quickly grow to 3-0 when Aaron Shackelford hit a solo home run, 14th of the season. This gave the Curve a 3-0 1st inning lead, a lead they would ride to victory.
Shackelford added a solo home run in the 3rd inning, giving him 15 on the season. This was part of Shackelford going 3-for-3 with a walk. Triolo finished the game 1-for-3 with a pair of walks, Andres Alvarez and Matt Fraizer each had a hit as well.
Luis Ortiz started for the Curve and turned in a strong start. In 4 scoreless innings pitched Ortiz allowed just three hits, did not walk a batter and struck out six. Nick Dombkowski pitched 4 innings allowing a pair of solo home runs, but they were the lone runs he allowed while also striking out six. Tyler Samaniego then picked up his 7th save with the Curve, issuing a walk and picking up a strikeout in a scoreless 9th inning.