Altoona stays hot, defeats Binghamton again
In the past few weeks the Double-A Altoona Curve have played as well as any team in the Pirate farm system. That continued on Sunday as they defeated the Binghamton Rumble Ponies 6-4, to improve to 27-22 on the season.
Aaron Shortridge started for the Curve, allowing 3 runs on five hits, two walks, two home runs, and three strikeouts in 3.1 innings pitched. In relief of Shortridge, the Curve bullpen mostly pitched very well.
Nick Dombkowski struck a batter out and retired all five batters he faced in 1.2 scoreless innings pitched. Bear Bellomy retired all four batters he faced in 1.1 scoreless innings pitched, and Braeden Ogle allowed a hit while striking a batter out in 2/3 of a scoreless inning pitched.
Juan Minaya pitched a scoreless 8th inning, issuing a walk and striking a batter out. Lefty Tyler Samaniego took the ball in the 9th. While Samaniego allowed a run, he did close the door for his 3rd save of the season.
Matt Gorski hit a solo home run in the 1st inning, his 7th of the season to give Altoona a 1-0 lead. With the Curve trailing 3-1, they then put up a 5 spot in the bottom of the 6th inning to take control of the game.
Dylan Shockley singled with one out in the inning before three straight Curve batters drew a walk, cutting the score to 3-2. Mason Martin then singled and Andres Alvarez doubled, making the score 6-3 Curve.