Altoona suffers wild extra innings loss
The Pittsburgh Steelers were not the only ones who played a wild game on Sunday afternoon. The Pittsburgh Pirates Double-A affiliate, the Altoona Curve, played a wild affair of their own. Unfortunately, unlike the Steelers, the Curve would come up short.
Altoona fell to the Erie SeaWolves 6-5 in 11 innings, falling to 67-64 on the season. The game saw a combined 5 runs get scored in extra innings before the game ended on a walk-off sacrifice fly for Erie in the 11th inning.
With the game tied at 3, Lolo Sanchez hit a one-out sacrifice fly in the top of the 10th inning to give the Curve a 4-3 lead. Erie would tie the game with a sacrifice fly of their own in the bottom half of the inning to send the game to an 11th inning.
With a runner on third and one out, Matt Gorski reached on an error in the top of the 11th inning. On the error Liover Peguero scored, giving the Curve a 5-4 lead. Unfortunately, the lead would be short lived. After a single, walk and fielder’s choice, the SeaWolves had tied the game and had the winning run at third base in the bottom of the 11th inning. Erie would then walk it off on a sacrifice fly.
Brad Case pitched the 11th inning for Altoona, allowing 2 runs, 1 earned, a hit and a walk while recording just one out. Before Case, Colin Selby pitched 2 innings of relief allowing a run on two hits, a walk and three strikeouts. Selby’s run was not earned though as it was the extra inning runner who scored.
Aaron Shortridge started for the Curve, allowing a run on four this, two walks and a strikeout in 3 innings pitched. Jeffrey Passantino pitched a scoreless 4th inning before Omar Cruz allowed 2 runs on four hits, a walk and a strikeout in 1.2 innings pitched. Cam Junker struck out three batters in 1.1 scoreless innings pitched and Tyler Samaniego struck a batter out in a scoreless 8th inning pitched.
Peguero had a notable offense game for the Curve, hitting a two-run home run ot give him 9 on the season. Henry Davis was 1-for-4 with a double, run scored and a RBI. These were to only two hits of the day for the Curve. Aaron Shackelford drew two walks and Sanchez drew a walk, Fabricio Macias and Nick Gonzales were each hit by a pitch. Other than the extra inning runners, that was it for Curve base runners.