CURVE, Pa. - After allowing a season-high 18 hits, the Altoona Curve dropped game one to the Richmond Flying Squirrels, 10-1, on Friday at Peoples Natural Gas Field.
The first-place Curve (32-26) have dropped two straight games, and committed their first error in five games in the loss to Richmond (25-34).
Tied 1-1 after the first inning, Altoona fell behind after Richmond scored a run in both the second and third innings, before exploding for four runs in the fifth.
The first five hitters of the fifth inning reached against Alex McRae (loss, 4-2) who tied a franchise record by giving up 14 hits. Dylan Davis hit a two-run double to give the Flying Squirrels a 5-1 lead and Ryan Lollis added an RBI single before a double play ball produced another run to extend Richmond's lead to 7-1.
All eight position players who started for the Flying Squirrels tallied multi-hit games.
Altoona's only run of the night came in the first inning when Jin-de Jhang collected his first RBI of the season, driving home Pablo Reyes with a single.
Jhang went 3-for-4 on Friday, collecting his first three-hit game of the season.
McRae pitched 5.2 innings and allowed a season-high eight runs (seven earned). Jared Lakind allowed a run in 2.2 innings of relief and infielder Chase Simpson came on to pitch the ninth inning in the blowout and allowed a run.
Richmond starter Jordan Johnson (Win, 4-3) held Altoona to one run on five hits in six innings. The Flying Squirrels bullpen combined for three scoreless innings and four strikeouts to close out the game.
Altoona will continue their series against Richmond on Saturday with a double-header. The Curve will send right-hander Austin Coley (1-1, 2.70) to the mound in game one, while Richmond will counter with left-hander Andrew Suarez (3-4, 2.98). In game two, left-hander Sean Keselica (3-0. 1.53) will start for Altoona and right-hander Collin Balester (1-2, 3.86) will toe the rubber for Richmond. First pitch for game one is scheduled for 4 p.m. at Peoples Natural Gas Field. Game two will be approximately 20 minutes after the final pitch of game one.
Saturday will feature post-game Beatles-themed Fireworks, presented by US Foods. Kids will be able to run the bases after the game and it's also Scout Night and Big Brothers/Big Sisters Night at the ballpark.
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