Win: Bryce Stowell (4-1)
Loss: Jason Townsend (5-5)
Save: Jose Flores (15)
CURVE, Pa. - Nick Kingham spun seven scoreless innings and struck out eight but the Curve couldn't hold the line in a, 3-1, loss the Aeros in front of 6,109 at Peoples Natural Gas Field on Friday night. The right hander's seven innings and eight strikeouts were both marks that tied Double-A highs.
Kingham retired the first 11 in the row to start the ballgame and the Curve responded with what turned out to be the only run they'd score on the night in the second inning. Tony Sanchez doubled to center to start the inning, moved to third on an error that allowed Alex Dickerson to reach. Another error, this time on the throw to second by Jake Lowery with Dickerson running on the play, allowed Sanchez to score from third and put the Curve up, 1-0.
That one run held through Kingham's seven innings of scoreless work as he allowed a total of five hits and did not walk a batter.
Jason Townsend (5-5) came in for the eighth inning after Kingham departed and allowed the first two men to reach in Adam Abraham and Chris Wallace. Jose Ramirez moved them up 90 feet with a sacrifice bunt . Tyler Naquin walked to load the bases but then Townsend struck out Tyler Holt for the inning's second out. With the lead still intact and two away, Jesus Aguilar, the league-leader in RBI, came to the plate and singled back through the middle to score three runs (two earned) as the third runs scored on an error by Mel Rojas, Jr. The righty was able to work out of the inning but the damage was done and the Curve trailed by two.
In the ninth, the Curve put a pair on with Jarek Cunningham working a walk before Rojas singled. The rally unfortunately ended there as Aeros closer Jose Flores retired the next two hitters to end the ballgame.
Alen Hanson chipped in a pair of hits from the leadoff spot and was 2-for-4 a night after going 3-for-4. He's hit safely in four straight and in 10 of his last 11 ballgames.
Altoona (62-77) will look to even the series with Akron (66-72) in the 6 p.m. matchup Saturday night from Peoples Natural Gas Field. The second-to-last postgame fireworks show of the season will take place following Saturday night's game with the Aeros. It's also the final Altoona Curve Party Pack Series night at the ballpark with the ultimate tailgate package being awarded to one lucky fan who brings all four prior party pack items back to the game.
Fans must bring the bottle opener, koozie, deck of cards and coaster set back to the ballpark to be entered to win the one (1) grand prize. The grand prize consists of a small grill, some food to grill with, drinks to go with your tailgate and Penn State football tickets for a game at a later date. After the game, kids can run around the bases.
On the mound for the Curve on Saturday night will be RHP David Bromberg (6-11, 3.23), who seeks to win his final start with the Curve after having allowed just four runs in his last 26.2 innings pitched. He'll be opposed by LHP Matt Packer (11-9, 3.41) on Saturday night.
Gates for the game will open at 5 p.m. while airtime on ESPN Radio 1430, WVAM and the Curve Radio Network is slated for 5:30 p.m. For tickets and more information on the final homestand of the season that begins tomorrow, , please call 877.99.CURVE, visit AltoonaCurve.com or stop by the ticket windows at Peoples Natural Gas Field.