McRae, Kuchno combine to blank Richmond in road trip finale

Curve take rubber game from Flying Squirrels behind four early runs

Altoona Curve pitcher Alex McRae (Andy Grosh /

By Trey Wilson / Altoona Curve | April 12, 2017 10:24 PM ET

RICHMOND, Va. - The Altoona Curve blanked the Richmond Flying Squirrels, 4-0, on Wednesday night at The Diamond behind Alex McRae and John Kuchno to close out the season-opening seven-game road trip.

The Curve (4-3) took the rubber game of the three-game set against the Flying Squirrels (3-4).

McRae (Win, 2-0) pitched six innings and surrendered four hits and two walks with four strikeouts. He has allowed one run over 11.0 innings pitched so far this season.

Kuchno (Save, 1) allowed one hit and struck out four over the final three innings of the game.

The Curve opened the scoring in the first inning when Kevin Newman scored on a wild pitch by Richmond starting pitcher Pat Young (Loss, 0-1). Kevin Kramer followed with an RBI groundout to push the lead to 2-0.

In the second inning, Tomas Morales grounded into a double play, scoring a runner from third. Elvis Escobar added to the lead with an RBI single in the fourth.

McRae did not allow a baserunner his first turn through the Richmond batting order.

Richmond pitching combined to strike out 15 Altoona hitters in the game.

The Curve face the Akron RubberDucks on Thursday in their home opener. Lefty Brandon Waddell (0-1, 9.00) will start for Altoona, opposed by Akron right-hander Michael Peoples (0-1, 3.60). First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m. at Peoples Natural Gas Field.

Cresson, Pa. 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, by phone at 877.99.CURVE or at the PNG Field box office.


This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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