On the bridge
Tonight: Erie at Altoona, 6 p.m.
Launchers: Curve RHP Travis MacGregor (0-1, 3.38) vs. Wolves RHP Ricardo Pinto (1-1, 3.68)
Radio: WRTA-AM 1240 and 98.5-FM
By Matthew Knaub
For the mirror
Fresh off a road trip in which they went 9-3, the Curve couldn’t continue their hot streak at home on Tuesday night.
After falling behind early, Altoona lost to Erie, 5-1, at Peoples Natural Gas Field in Game 1 of the series. The Curve collected just three successes and pulled out of the contest nine times.
Right-hander Roansy Contreras (2-1) took the ball for Altoona and lasted four innings. He allowed up five earned runs on four hits and was scored in loss, his first of the season after a formidable start that saw him pitch 17 scoreless innings in three games.
Erie used rallies in the second and third innings to score five runs, which turned out to be more than enough. Seven different SeaWolves registered a hit in the game.
SUBHD: Game players
Former major league right-hander Pedro Payano started for Erie and pitched well, pitching four innings. He allowed just two hits and one run while striking out five.
The New York native made his MLB debut in 2019 with Texas, pitching in six games. Four of Payano’s appearances were starts, and he posted a 1-2 record with a 5.73 ERA with the Rangers.
The SeaWolves used three relievers to end the contest – right-hander Cale Coshow, Gerson Moreno and Ethan DeCaster. The trio combined to pitch five shutout innings, allowing just one hit.
Coshow (1-0) pitched two innings and was credited with the win. Moreno, who also threw a pair of frames, put out four Curve hitters and allowed no hits.
SUBHD: Mitchell Goes Deep
Altoona right fielder Cal Mitchell pulled off a solo homerun, his only success in the competition. In his first season at the Double-A level, Mitchell is now tied for the lead with three homers.
“(His) numbers might not show what he was able (to),” Said the director of the curve, Miguel Perez. “His plate discipline is excellent, he doesn’t hunt much.
The California native was selected by the Pirates in the second round of the 2017 Draft. He is the 19th ranked prospect in the Pittsburgh farming system, according to Baseball America.
SUBHD: Milestone Manager
Erie manager Arnie Beyeler is one of only 12 managers in minor league history to have won 1,000 games. He reached the milestone on May 12 in a victory over Akron.
SUBHD: How they scored
Top 2nd: Lester tripled, scored on a throwing error (0-1); Rosoff made a single, scored on the Myers circuit (0-3).
Top 3: Greene walked, scored on a step loaded with Rosa’s bases (0-4); Kreidler made a single, scored on the Quiggle sacrificial fly (0-5).
4th bottom: Mitchell’s solo circuit (1-5).