Home runs carry Double-A Altoona to extra innings victory
It took a little bit of everything from Double-A Altoona to secure a victory on Wednesday night. A 3-run 1st inning, home runs, extra innings, but, in the end, the Curve improved to 11-10 on the season with a 5-4 victry over the Richmond Flying Squirrels in 10 innings.
It did not take the Curve long to get going offensively. Liover Peguero singled to start the game and scored on a Domingo Leyba base hit. Matt Gorski then laucnhed a 2-run home run, his 3rd of the season, to cap off a 3-run 1st inning.
Altoona scored again in the 5th inning when Peguero hit a solo home run, his 1st of the season. This would be it for the Curve offense until the 10th inning. After Peguero advanced to third base on a fly out by Henry Davis, he came around to score on a single by Leyba. This gave the Curve a 5-4 lead they would not relinquish.
Local product Justin Meis started for the Curve but ptiched just 1 inning. He allowed a run on hit, three walks, two strikeouts, and 39 pitches. Travis MacGregor followed Meis, allowing 2 runs on a hit, which was a home run, a walk, and five strikeouts in 3 innings pitched.
Matt Eckelman also pitched 3 innings of relief. Eckelman did not allow a run, while allowing just one hit, issuing a walk, and striking out a pair. Tyler Samaniego walked a batter and struck out three in a hitless, scoreless 8th inning. Noe Toribio hit a batter, threw a wild pitch, walked a batter, and allowed a run on a hit with four strikeouts in 2 innings pitched.