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Rumble Ponies Game Notes: Game #65 - Rumble Ponies (34-30) vs. Curve (31-28) - 10:35 AM

June 14, 2018 - Eastern League (EL) - Binghamton Rumble Ponies News Release

"Baseball is almost the only orderly thing in a very unorderly world. If you get three strikes, even the best lawyer in the world can't get you off." -Bill Veeck

BINGHAMTON RUMBLE PONIES

(34-30), 3rd Eastern Division, 4.0 GB

(New York Mets)

ALTOONA CURVE

(31-28), T-3rd Western Division, 3.0 GB

(Pittsburgh Pirates)

Thursday, June 14, 2018 - 10:35 AM

NYSEG Stadium - Binghamton, NY

RHP Marcos Molina (1-6, 5.53) vs. LHP Taylor Hearn (1-4, 3.63)

Broadcast: CBS SportsRadio 1360 AM WYOS, MiLB.TV

ALTOONA OFFENSE CLICKS AGAIN ON WEDNESDAY: The Curve scored five runs in the first two innings on Wednesday night at NYSEG Stadium, leading to a wire-to-wire, 7-2 win over the Rumble Ponies. Bryan Reynolds set the tone with a first-inning grand slam off of Binghamton starter Scott Copeland, who was slapped with his first loss of the season. The Rumble Ponies offense was limited to just six hits in the losing effort.

BINGHAMTON STARTER: RHP Marcos Molina readies for his 11th Eastern League start of the season and second-ever against Altoona. The 23-year-old has dropped three of his last five outings and hasn't won since May 13 at Portland. His last time out, on June 8, Molina allowed three runs in six innings against Trenton.

CURVE CRUSHING: Rumble Ponies pitching has allowed six home runs and a total of 27 hits in the first two games of the series. It's the most hits allowed in back-to-back games this season.

GRAND ENTRANCE: Bryan Reynold's first-inning grand slam on Wednesday was the second grand slam hit in the last three games at NYSEG Stadium. In game two of a twin bill on June 3 against New Hampshire, Jeff McNeil put the Ponies in front 4-0 with a grand slam.

LEARNING TO COPE(LAND): Wednesday's loss was Scott Copeland's first since August 28, 2017 with New Orleans (MIA:AAA).

MOLINA MEMORIES: RHP Marcos Molina first dueled against Altoona on July 4, 2017 on the road. Molina was outdone by Tanner Anderson, who tossed eighth shutout innings in the Curve win. Molina was slapped with the loss, pitching 5.2 innings of four-run ball.

FIRST TIME, LONG TIME: The Rumble Ponies have dropped four of the last five games. The last time Binghamton lost four of five was on May 5 - 9 against New Hampshire and Hartford.

MULTI-HIT MACHINE: Peter Alonso finished Wednesday's game 3-for-4 with two doubles for his team-leading 6th three-hit game of the season. Alonso also paces the squad with 19 multi-hit contests, edging Jeff McNeil by one.

HEARN'S HISTORY: LHP Taylor Hearn is slated to make his 12th Eastern League start in the midst of his first Double-A season. The Southpaw was drafted in the fifth round by the Nationals in 2015, but was traded to the Pirates in 2016 in the deal that sent Mark Melancon to Washington. Hearn twirled a season-best seven innings his last time out, keeping the Fightin Phils scoreless.

UP NEXT: Binghamton hits the road for weeklong trip, starting Friday night in Hartford. RHP Nabil Crismatt goes in the series-opener against RHP Jesus Tinoco. First pitch at Dunkin Donuts Park is scheduled for 7:05 PM.

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