Curve Hold Off Erie In Back-And-Forth Battle

CURVE, Pa. – The Altoona Curve knocked off the Erie SeaWolves, 6-5, in a back-and-fourth game on Tuesday night at Peoples Natural Gas Field.

The Curve (56-51) beat Erie (54-54) to improve to 12-7 against the Detroit Tigers’ Double-A affiliate this season.

Tied 4-4 in the sixth inning, Altoona grabbed the lead for good. Connor Joe walked to lead off the frame, setting up Jordan Georgewho knocked him in with an RBI double. Two batters later, Elvis Escobar stepped in and ripped an RBI double of his own, scoring George and putting the Curve in front, 6-4.

Erie scored first with a pair of runs in the first inning. Logan Watkins reached on an error to start the game, after Curve starter Alex McRae (Win, 9-4) couldn’t handle a throw from Joe when he went to cover first base on a ground ball. The next hitter, Harold Castro, lined an RBI double to score Watkins. Later in the inning, Christin Stewart hit a ground ball that was booted by shortstop Cole Tucker , allowing Castro to score and extend Erie’s lead to 2-0.

Altoona immediately answered with two runs in the bottom of the first. Pablo Reyes singled with one out and stole second base, setting up an RBI single by Anderson Feliz to cut the deficit to 2-1. After Feliz stole second, Jerrick Suiter ripped an double to plate Feliz and tie the game at 2-2.

The Curve took a 3-2 lead in the third. Reyes singled with one out and stole his second base the night before Suiter drove him in with another RBI double.

Altoona pushed its lead to 4-2 after Tucker hit an RBI single to score George in the fourth inning.

In the sixth, Erie tied the game with one swing of the bat. With the bases empty and two outs, McRae walked Grayson Greiner and Zack Cox belted a two-run home run, his third of the season, to even the score at 4-4.

The SeaWolves cut the Curve’s lead to one in the seventh. A.J. Simcox was walked by Sean Keselicato start the frame and later came in to score after an RBI single by Dawel Lugo.

McRae pitched six innings and allowed four runs (two earned) on four hits, striking out four. Keselica allowed one run in one inning of work and Tate Scioneaux (Save, 10) pitched two scoreless innings to nail down the win.

George finished 2-for-4 with two RBI. Through five games with the Curve, he is 8-for-18 with a home run, three doubles and seven RBI.

Erie starter Beau Burrows gave up four earned runs on eight hits in five innings, striking out three. Gerson Moreno (Loss, 0-1) gave up the two go-ahead runs in the sixth inning.

The Curve will continue their homestand on Wednesday with game three in the series against Erie. Right-hander Casey Sadler (1-1, 3.86) will start for Altoona, while Erie will counter with left-hander Tyler Alexander (5-6, 5.61). First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Peoples Natural Gas Field.

Wednesday will be Harry Potter Night, celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the first Harry Potter Book. There will also be Harry Potter-themed fireworks following the game. It will be Winning Wednesday, presented by the Pennsylvania Lottery. Fans have the chance to win prizes from the PA lottery, including free lottery tickets for a month. Plus, if the Curve win, fans can redeem their ticket at the Curve box office to receive a ticket of equal or lesser value to another Wednesday home game in 2017. Wing Wednesday will be available at Curve concessions, featuring 50-cent boneless wings.

For tickets or more information, visit AltoonaCurve.com, call 877.99.CURVE or stop by the PNG Field box office.