RICHMOND, Va. - After taking the lead in the top of the tenth, the Altoona Curve lost to the Richmond Flying Squirrels, 4-3, on a walk-off single by Chris Shaw in the bottom of the inning on Tuesday night at The Diamond.
The Curve (3-3) have gone to extra innings in five of their last eight meetings with the Flying Squirrels (3-3) dating back to last August.
The loss overshadowed a two-homer game by Jordan Luplow, who became the first Curve player to hit multiple home runs in a single game since Eric Wood last May at Richmond.
Shaw came to the plate with two runners on base and two outs in the bottom of the tenth with Curve third baseman Chase Simpson (Blown Save, 1)(Loss, 0-1) on the mound and sent a two-run single to deep center field, lifting the Flying Squirrels to a 4-3 win.
The Curve broke a 2-2 tie in the top of the tenth inning with a bases-loaded walk worked by Pablo Reyes issued by Richmond outfielder Tyler Horan (Win, 1-0) on the mound.
Richmond opened the scoring with a two-run homer by Miguel Gomez in the first inning against Altoona starting pitcher Yeudy Garcia, who departed the game after facing five batters and recording two outs on 30 pitches.
The Curve answered with Luplow's first solo home run to dead center in the top of the second inning. He hit his long longball in the sixth inning, a solo shot to left field to even the score at 2-2.
Altoona hit 2-for-11 with runners in scoring position and stranded 15 on base, including leaving the bases loaded in the seventh and tenth innings.
Edwin Espinal and Elvis Escobar each had three hits in the game.
The Altoona bullpen combined for 8.1 scoreless innings after Garcia's outing ended early. Sean Keselica allowed two hits with three strikeouts and no walks over 3.1 innings, the second-longest outing of his professional career. Miguel Rosario pitched three scoreless innings and Jared Lakind pitched through the eighth and ninth.
The Curve and Flying Squirrels wrap up the three-game series on Wednesday night at The Diamond. Right-hander Alex McRae (1-0, 1.80) will be on the mound for Altoona, countered by Richmond right-hander Dan Slania (1-0, 1.50). First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 p.m. at The Diamond.
The home opener for the Curve is set for Thursday night at Peoples Natural Gas Field. Cresson native and finalist on NBC's "The Voice" Josh Gallagher will be at the ballpark to perform and do a Meet & Greet with fans, presented by Miller Lite and City Beverage. The first 5,000 fans will receive a 2017 Curve Magnet Schedule, presented by NAPA, and the game will be followed by a fireworks show. Tickets are available online at AltoonaCurve.com, by phone at 877.99.CURVE or at the PNG Field box office.
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