Anthony Solometo shoves, bullpen costs Curve
Double-A Altoona scored early and often on Friday night. They also got a terrific starting pitching performance. However, a bullpen implosion negated all of it in a 7-6 extra innings loss. Following the 7-6 loss against the Bowie Baysox, the Curve are now 33-33 on the season.
Lefty Anthony Solometo started for the Curve and continues to look like a pitcher who is developing into one of the best in the organization, and one of the best left-handed pitching prospects in all of baseball.
Making his second Double-A start the 20-year-old Solometo pitched 5 scoreless innings. He allowed two hits, walked a batter, and struck out six. Solometo threw 57 of 86 pitches for strikes and saw his fastball reach the middle 90s.
After Solometo's night ended things went south for Altoona's pitching. Noe Toribio allowed three hits, including a solo home run, while walking a batter and striking out two in 2/3 of an inning pitched. Tyler Samaniego pitched 1.1 innings allowing 2 runs on three hits and two strikeouts.
Oliver Garcia pitched the 8th inning and allowed 3 runs on five hits. Garcia also allowed a home run while striking out one. Tahnaj Thomas pitched 2 innings allowing a run on a hit, four walks, and a strikeout.
At the top of the Altoona lineup Liover Peguero was 0-for-4, but he did draw a pair of walks and scored a run. Tsung-Che Cheng was 0-for-3 with two walks and a RBI in his Double-A debut. For those who wonder about such things, Peguero was at shortstop and Cheng was at second base.
Catcher Abrahan Gutierrez was 1-for-4 with a walk and a run scored. Matt Fraizer was 2-for-4 with a walk, run scored, and a RBI. Jacob Gonzalez went 2-for-4 with his 5th home run of the season, a run scored, and three RBI.