Double-A Altoona loses in wild extra innings affair
Twice on Thursday night the Double-A Altoona Curve snatched defeat from the jaws of victory. The Curve bullpen blew a 6-4 lead in the bottom of the 9th inning to put the game in extra innings. After the Altoona offense scored 4 runs in the top of the 10th, they allowed 7 in the bottom half in a 13-10 walk off loss to fall to 2-4 on the season.
Justin Meis started for Altoona. The local product pitched 4 innings, allowing 4 runs on five hits, two walks, and four strikeouts. After the day ended for Meis, the bullpen initially had some strong work. Noe Toribio allowed a hit and struck out five in 2 scoreless innings pitched. More importantly, he did not walk a batter. Tyler Samaniego followed Toribio with four strikeouts in 2 scoreless innings of his own.
Cam Junker started the 9th inning. After allowing a hit and issuing a walk, Junker was charged with 2 runs and his night ended after recording just one out. Braden Ogle got the final two outs of the 9th inning and started the 10th inning.
After issuing a pair of walks and allowing a double, Ogle was lifted for Juan Minaya. The door was then opened further by a Liover Peguero throwing error. Mason Martin then commited a fielding error with two outs, tying the game. This was followed by a walk off 3-run home run from the SeaWolves.
Offensively, there was plenty of damage done by the Curve lineup. Designated hitter Lolo Sanchez was 3-for-5 with a run scored, walk, and an RBI. Peguero was 2-for-6 with a double and two RBI, Martin was 1-for-4 with two RBI and a walk, Matt Fraizer was 1-for-4 with a walk and two runs scored, and catcher Dylan Shockely was 2-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI