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By Marty Leap
Pitching struggles again for the Curve
Friday night the Double-A Altoona Curve fell to 0-2 on the season. For a second night in a row, the Curve pitching staff struggled in a 7-2 loss against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. Struggles on offense hurt the Curve as well.
Local product Justin Meis started for Altoona. In 3 innings pitched, Meis allowed 3 runs, 1 earned, on four hits, a walk, and three strikeouts. Meis was also hurt by a fielding error by second baseman Drew Maggi, who had a poor night going 0-for-3 with two strikeouts in addition to his error.
Travis MacGregor followed Meis, and allowed 2 runs on five hits, no walks, and two strikeouts in 2.1 innings pitched. Noe Toribio pitched 1.2 hitless innings of relief with three strikeouts, but allowed 2 runs thanks to a pair of walks and a wild pitch.
MLB veteran Juan Minaya pitched the final 2 innings of the night for the Curve. Minaya allowed two hits, walked a batter, and struck out a pair in 2 scoreless innings pitched.
For a second night in a row it was a poor offensive night for the Curve. Right fielder Josh Palacios was 2-for-5 with a run scored at the top of the lineup, but the rest of the lineup collected just three hits. Shortstop Liover Peguero was 1-for-5 with a run scored and Andres Alvarez was 2-for-3 with a pair of walks.
Connor Scott and Henry Davis were both 0-for-4, although Davis did draw a walk, and Mason Martin was 0-for-2 with three walks.