Curve and Flying Squirrels split twin bill

Suiter's walk-off single completes game one comeback before game two rally falls short

Altoona Curve first baseman Jerrick Suiter (Rob Lynn)

By Michael Marcantonini & Preston Shoemaker / Altoona Curve | August 7, 2019 10:50 PM

CURVE, Pa. -- The Altoona Curve completed a walk-off, 4-3 win over the Richmond Flying Squirrels in the first game of the day before falling 1-0 in the nightcap of a double-header on Wednesday at Peoples Natural Gas Field.

 

The Curve (57-58, 21-26) and Flying Squirrels (42-71, 19-27) started the twin bill with the completion of Tuesday night's suspended game and followed that with a seven-inning contest.

 

After rain and wet field conditions stopped play on Tuesday, the Curve and Flying Squirrels resumed play with no score in the bottom of the second inning on Wednesday. The game was tied, 3-3, leading into the 10th inning.

 

In the top of the extra frame, Joel Cesar (Win, 3-4) sat down the Flying Squirrels in order for a perfect inning in relief, stranding the placed runner at second base.

 

With one out in the bottom of the inning, Jerrick Suiter drove a walk-off single into center field off Richmond reliever Raffi Viscaino (Loss, 0-4), scoring placed runner Bligh Madris from second.

 

Oneil Cruz and Jared Oliva joined forces to send the game into extra innings with clutch hitting. The Curve trailed, 3-2, in the ninth, when Oliva legged out a lead-off double to center field off Sam Moll. Four pitches later, Cruz scored Oliva with a single to center tying the game, 3-3.

 

Beau Sulser , who took over for starter Pedro Vasquez in the third, allowed two runs on three straight two-out hits in his first inning of relief. Sulser settled in, matching a career-high five innings pitched.

 

Arden Pabst put the Curve on the board in the fifth inning. With a pair of one-out singles from Madris and Chris Sharpe , Pabst laced a double off Logan Webb to tie the game, 2-2. Webb struck out six batters and allowed five hits in six relief innings for Richmond

 

Richmond reclaimed the lead in the sixth inning with three straight batters reaching base, including a run-scoring double by Zach Houchins to grab a 3-2 lead.

 

Jesus Liranzo bridged the gap for the Curve with two scoreless innings, allowing one hit and striking out three.

 

The Curve bats went silent after the walk-off win as three Flying Squirrels pitchers combined for a 1-0 shutout win in the second contest.

 

Richmond scored the game's only run in the top of the fourth. After Curve starter Sean Brady (Loss, 3-11) held the Squirrels hitless through the first three frames, Joneshwhy Fargas led off the fourth with an infield single and stole second base with one out and Ryan Howard at the plate. Howard then hit a ground ball to Curve shortstop Cruz, who threw over the head of Suiter at first base and out of play, which allowed Fargas to score on the error.

 

The Squirrels carried their 1-0 lead into the bottom of the seventh when Oliva ripped a lead-off triple to the right-center gap. Richmond reliever Tyler Cyr (Save, 2) retired the next two batters then intentionally walked Madris, which put the winning run on first, before Suiter hit a grounder back to Cyr to end the game.

 

Richmond starter Carlos Navas held the Curve scoreless with three strikeouts through four innings. Navas allowed a leadoff single to Mitchell Tolman in the bottom of the first before he retired the final 12 batters he faced. Tolman later added a double and finished 2-for-3. Sam Wolff (Win, 1-0) took over from there and logged scoreless frames in the fifth and sixth. Wolff walked Robbie Glendinning to start the fifth and ran a full count on the next batter, Madris, who lined into a 4-3 double play that killed a potential rally.

 

Brady worked six innings, including three 1-2-3 frames, and gave up just one unearned run on two hits, both infield singles to Fargas. He struck out four batters, walked two and picked up his team-leading 12th quality start of the season in a hard-luck loss.

 

The Curve and Flying Squirrels wrap up their four-game series on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. The Curve will send right-hander Cody Bolton (1-2, 5.56) to the mound against Richmond right-hander Chase Johnson (0-4, 4.61).

 

Gates will open for fans at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday. There will be a Yinzers rally towel giveaway for the first 500 fans, presented by Grane Hospice, on the final Allegheny Yinzers Jersey night of the season, presented by Keller Engineers. Proceeds from the Allegheny Yinzers Jersey Auction with benefit the Roberto Clemente Foundation, presented by Keller Engineers. There will be a baseball equipment collection with new and used equipment to benefit Roberto's Kids. It's another Thirstday with select beers and regular sized sodas for $2 plus $1 Juniata Brand by Kunzler hot dogs, presented by Q94 and fans will have access to Pittsburgh-style concessions upgrades. It's also Alzheimer's Awareness Night. Thursday's game is sponsored by FOX 8 & ABC 23. For tickets or more information about upcoming promotions, 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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