Altoona wins wild extra inning affair
Saturday night the Altoona Curve and Bowie Baysox played a wild extra inning affair. When the dust settled, the Curve emerged as 10-8 victors. With the win, the Double-A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates are back to .500 on the season at 59-59.
Kyle Nicolas started for the Curve, allowing 3 runs, 2 earned, on three hits, three walks, and a strikeout in 4 innings pitched. All 3 runs allowed by Nicolas came in the 4th inning, a 4th inning that included a Liover Peguero error. If not for Peguero’s 29th error of the season, not only would the final line for Nicolas had looked better, he likely would have been able to pitch deeper into the game as well.
Brad Case followed, allowing 2 runs on two hits, a walk, and a strikeout in 1.1 innings pitched. Altoona’s strong left-handed duo of Nick Dombkowski and Tyler Samaniego both allowed a run. Dombkowski allowed a run on a hit, a walk and a strikeout in 1.2 innings pitched. Samaniego pitched 2 innings and only allowed one hit, but the hit was a solo home run.
Entering the 10th inning the game was tied at 7. With one out in the top half of the inning, Peguero singled home the extra innings runner to give the Curve an 8-7 lead. Connor Scott, Jared Triolo, and Nick Gonzales reeled off three consecutive one-out hits to give the Curve a 10-7 lead.
This was part of a 2-for-6 performance for Triolo. Designated hitter Endy Rodriguez remained red hot going 3-for-6 with two doubles, giving him six since he was promoted to Double-A, with a RBI and three runs scored. Rodriguez now owns a 1.156 OPS in 62 plate appearances at the Double-A level.
Malcolm Nunez started at third base and had a multi-hit performance including a double. Peguero and Scott each had multi-hit efforts in the victory as well.
After the Curve took the lead in the top of the 10th inning Austin Roberts took over on the mound in the bottom half of the inning. Roberts allowed a double to start the inning, cutting the Curve lead to 10-8, but he then struck out the next three batters to seal the deal.