Malcolm Nunez walks it off for Altoona
First baseman Malcolm Nunez was acquired by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the José Quintana trade. Thursday night, he made his first big impact as a member of the Pirate organization when he launched a three-run walk-off home run in an 8-5 victory for Double-A Altoona. With the win, the Curve are now 55-56 on the season.
Nunez’s home run was his 2nd with the Curve, and was part of a 1-for-3 night that also saw him draw a pair of walks. Jared Triolo led the game off with a home run. This was the third time this week he led the game off with a home run. His 8th home run of the season was part of a 2-for-4 performance with a walk and three runs scored.
Catcher Endy Rodriguez continues his red hot start at Double-A, going 3-for-5 with his 2nd double at Altoona, run scored and a RBI. Matt Fraizer was 2-for-4 with two runs and a RBI, Aaron Shackelford was 2-for-4 with two RBI.
Cristofer Melendez started for the Curve and pitched 2 scoreless, hitless innings. He walked a batter and struck out three. Carmen Mlodzinski followed and struggled. Mlodzinski allowed 5 runs on nine hits, a walk and five strikeouts. Brad Case pitched 2.1 scoreless innings and Colin Selby got the final two outs of the game. Case and Selby combined to allow two hits while striking out three.