Curve Offense Explodes in Routs
ALTOONA - Pa. - Altoona got out to an early lead and scored eight runs over the final three frames as they cruised to a 12-3 over the Baysox. Right-hander John Mariotti was tagged for his sixth loss, while Curve left-hander Daniel Moskos earned his fifth win of the season.
Altoona tallied two runs in each of the first two innings off Mariotti, taking advantage of four free passes by the Baysox right-hander. Brian Friday led off the inning with a walk, advancing to third on a double by Gorkys Hernandez. An RBI groundout by Jose Tabata and a sacrifice fly by Pedro Alvarez pushed two runs across as the Baysox found themselves in an early 2-0 hole.
In the second inning, Mariotti walked three of the first four hitters to load the bases with one out. Friday followed with an RBI single, and Hernandez plated another run with a groundout to extend the lead to four. Mariotti would leave after the fifth inning, allowing four earned runs on five hits and five walks.
The Baysox offense got on track in the top of the fourth inning, plating three runs off Moskos to cut the deficit to one. Shortstop Robert Valido singled to start the inning and advanced to third on a double by second baseman Miguel Abreu. Third baseman Mike Costanzo brought Valido home with a groundball to first as Abreu advanced to third. Right fielder Ambiorix Concepcion followed with an RBI single to score Abreu and cut the lead to two. Concepcion stole second base and center fielder Dave Krynzel walked to put runners on first and second with one out. After a flyout by first baseman Adam Donachie, a double steal put runners in scoring position with two outs. Designated hitter Daniel Figueroa followed with a walk to load the bases, and catcher Guillermo Rodriguez drew a free pass which pushed across the third run of the inning to make the score 4-3.
Concepcion's two stolen bases gave him 11 for the season, becoming the fourth different Baysox player to collect ten or more steals this season. They are the only team in the Eastern League with at least two players to reach that plateau, and with four stolen bases on the night add to their league lead with 91 on the season.
They would threaten again in the sixth inning against Altoona reliever Corey Hamman. With two outs, Figueroa laid down a bunt single and Rodriguez followed with a single to left. After Figueroa stole third base, Hamman came back to get Jonathan Tucker to fly out to end the threat. The Curve took advantage of the momentum, tagging the Baysox bullpen for eight runs on six hits over the final three innings.
Baysox right-hander Jim Hoey came on in relief to start the sixth inning, allowing three walks to load the bases with one out. Hernandez laced an RBI single to extend the lead to 5-2, only the second earned run allowed by Hoey since returning from the disabled list on June 14. Hoey managed to get out of the inning without any further damage, but allowed a one-out double to Jim Negrych to start the seventh and was replaced by right-hander Luis Lebron.
Lebron did not have much luck stopping the Altoona offense, striking out Jeff Corsaletti before allowing a walk to Steven Lerud. Altoona first baseman Miles Durham took advantage by crushing a three-run blast to left, and Friday followed with a solo shot to extend the lead to 9-3. It was the first time the Baysox have allowed back-to-back homers this season, and first time since June 4, 2006 against New Britain.
Concepcion came on to pitch in the bottom of the eighth inning to try and stop the bleeding for the Baysox, but allowed three more runs to finish off the scoring for the Curve. Jason Delaney collected an RBI single and Negrych hit a two-run homer as Altoona closed out the series by taking the rubber match. With the loss, the Baysox drop to 46-38 on the season and 9.0 games back of the Southern Division lead.
The Baysox return home tomorrow to begin a three-game set with Harrisburg. The first 500 fans who purchase regularly priced lower reserve seat tickets will receive a free Matt Wieters t-shirt!
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