Richmond Pitchers Get Squirrly, Curve Wins Third Straight
RICHMOND, Va. - The Altoona Curve bettered the Richmond Flying Squirrels, 8-3, for the third straight night thanks to a seven-run third inning at The Diamond on Saturday.
The third frame was the most runs scored by the Curve (15-13) in a single inning in 2019 and they did so on just three hits. Flying Squirrels (10-16) starter Sandro Cabrera (Loss, 0-1) and reliever Chase Johnson walked six batters during the seven-run frame. Bralin Jackson recorded two of the three hits, including a two-run, ground-rule double to right-center that finished the scoring for Altoona. Alfredo Reyes collected the other hit in the inning prior to Jackson's double, an RBI single to right.
Hunter Owen added to his league-best RBI total with a bases-loaded walk for the first run in the inning. Jerrick Suiter and Adrian Valerio turned outs into runs with a sacrifice fly and RBI groundout respectively. Between the first two outs of the inning, Logan Hill scampered in on a wild pitch.
Jason Delay racked up four more hits and walked to reach base five times he came to the plate. The catcher pushed across the Curve's first run of the game in the second inning with a single after a lead-off double in the inning by Suiter.
Curve starter Cam Vieaux (Win, 1-2) held Richmond to three runs over five innings with six strikeouts for his first win of the year. The eight runs of support nearly equaled his season total of nine runs through his previous five starts of the season.
The Flying Squirrels scored once in the fourth, an RBI single by Johneshwy Fargas, and twice in the fifth. During Vieaux's final inning, Heath Quinn slugged a pinch-hit homer to left and Jalen Miller circled the bases on a walk, stolen base and two wild pitches.
Jake Brentz followed Vieaux with two scoreless innings of relief. Jonah Arenado greeted him with a double before the lefty fanned the next three Squirrels at the plate. Blake Cederlind finished the game on the hill in his Double-A debut with two scoreless innings.
The series concludes on Sunday with a 1:05 p.m. first pitch at The Diamond. Right-hander Scooter Hightower (1-2, 4.63) will start for the Curve against Richmond southpaw Conner Menez (1-1, 2.49).
The Curve return home on Monday, May 6 to start a six-game homestand with a three-game series against the Bowie Baysox. For tickets or more information, visit AltoonaCurve.com, call 877.99.CURVE or stop by the PNG Field box office. Additionally, the Stockyard Team Store is open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., during every home game and online 24/7/365.
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