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Altoona offense struggles in loss

Friday night was not a good one for the Altoona offense. In a 4-1 loss against the Reading Fightin Phils, the Curve recorded just five hits while drawing three walks. With the loss, the Double-A affiliate of the Pirates is now 41-43 on the season.

Matt Fraizer, Jackson Glenn, Domingo Leyba, and Mason Martin were the top four hitters for Altoona. They combined to go 1-for-16 with nine strikeouts. Those kind of struggles at the top of a lineup is never a recipe for success.

Catcher Abrahan Guiterrez had the lone multi-hit game for the Curve going 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored. Lolo Sanchez was 1-for-3 with a walk and a RBI, while Chavez Young was 1-for-2 with a walk.

Lefty Anthony Solometo started for Altoona and did not pitch as well as he had been of late. Solometo allowed 3 runs on six hits, a walk, and a home run in 4.2 innings pitched. However, he still struck out seven and still owns a strong 2.51 ERA to go with 96 strikeouts in 82.1 minor league innings pitched this season.

Noe Toribio followed Solometo, striking out three and allowing a hit in 1.1 scoreless innings pitched. Geronimo Franzua did not allow a hit in 1.2 innings pitched but walked three on his way to allowing a run. Grant Ford allowed a hit and walked a batter in 1.1 scoreless innings of work to finish off the game for Altoona.