In the first game back from the Eastern League All-Star Break, the Altoona Curve were dropped 5-3 by the Erie SeaWolves Thursday at UPMC Park.
The SeaWolves (45-40, 14-5) were fueled by three unearned runs during the first inning to break up a four-game winning streak for the Curve (47-39, 12-7), who won six straight head-to-head meetings against Erie entering play. With two outs and two on, Josh Lester rolled a ground ball up the middle that was misplayed by shortstop Gift Ngoepe to keep the inning alive and Erie scored the game’s first run on the play. The next batter, Daniel Pinero, roped a two-run double to right-center that Bligh Madris nearly ran down.
Curve starter Sean Brady (3-8) faced one over the minimum and allowed just two more hits throughout the rest of his six innings, including a solo homer by Pinero in the fourth.