Altoona falls in a 1st inning hole and never recovers
After the 1st inning on Friday night the Double-A Altoona Curve were trailing the Richmond Flying Squirrels 2-0. While not a big hole, this early hole is one the Curve never pulled out of in a 3-1 loss that dropped them to 12-11 on the season.
Aaron Shrotridge started for Altoona and pitched 5.2 innings. Shortridge allowed 3 runs on five hits, four walks, and three strikeouts. He uncorked a wild pitch, threw 57 of 91 pitches for a strike, and induced five gorund ball outs to go with seven fly ball outs.
Cam Junker pitched the final 2.1 innings for the Curve. Junked allowed a hit and walked a pair in his 2.1 scoreless innings pitched. He filled the strike zone throwing 23 of 32 pitches for a strikes, to go with a 2:1 groundout:fly out ratio.
As is often the case when you only score 1 run it was a poor night for the Curve offense. Liover Peguero was 0-for-3 with a walk at the top of the lineup, while Lolo Sanchez and Domingo Leyba were a combined 0-for-6 with two walks in the two and three spots. Matt Gorski, Mason Martin, and Matt Fraizer each had one hit, recording the only three hits of the night for Altoona.