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BRADENTON, FLORIDA - MARCH 16: Mason Martin #73 of the Pittsburgh Pirates poses for a picture during the 2022 Photo Day at LECOM Park on March 16, 2022 in Bradenton, Florida. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)
BRADENTON, FLORIDA - MARCH 16: Mason Martin #73 of the Pittsburgh Pirates poses for a picture during the 2022 Photo Day at LECOM Park on March 16, 2022 in Bradenton, Florida. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images) /
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PITTSBURGH, PA – APRIL 17: A detailed view of the Nike cleats and Stance Socks worn by Jake Marisnick #41 of the Pittsburgh Pirates during the game against the Washington Nationals at PNC Park on April 17, 2022 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images) /

Late inning rallies by Akron sinks Altoona

Thursday night the Double-A Altoona Curve held a 2-1 lead over the Akron RubberDucks entering the 7th inning. However, late inning rallies by the RubberDucks prove costly for the Pittsburgh Pirates Double-A affiliate leading to a 4-2 loss, dropping them to 47-51 on the season.

Luis Ortiz started for the Curve and early on was cruising. Through the first 6 innings he had allowed just 1 run. Ortiz allowed a run in the 7th, and went back out to start the 8th inning. This would prove to be a costly decision as Ortiz allowed a single and a home run before being pulled.

Ortiz pitched 7+ innings, allowing 4 runs on four hits, no walks, two home runs and five strikeouts. Lefty Tyler Samaniego followed Ortiz and continued his strong work, striking a batter out and allowing just one hit in 2 scoreless innings pitched.

Offensively, there were few highlights for the Curve. Jared Triolo started at third base and continued to bat leadoff, going 2-for-4 with a run scored, a RBI and his 2nd triple of the season. Catcher Blake Sabol was 1-for-3 with a RBI. Fabricio Macias, Matt Fraizer, Liover Peguero, and Connor Scott were all 1-for-4.

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