Jose Azocar stepped to the plate with the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the sixth and the go-ahead run 180 feet away. In a two-strike count, Azocar lined a two-RBI single to right center and the Erie SeaWolves (3-2) tacked on one more in their three-run sixth to beat the Altoona Curve (5-1) by a 4-3 final.
Azocar, who finished 2-for-4, allowed reliever Joe Navihlon to earn his first win of 2019 after pitching 2.1 innings of one-run ball and striking out three. Navihlon, along with starter Nick Ramirez and right-hander Drew Carlton, combined to punch out 10 Altoona batters. Eduardo Jimenez worked around a solo home-run in the ninth to record his first save in his first opportunity.
The Curve struck first in the second inning off a solo blast from Hunter Owen and the SeaWolves responded with an RBI double from Daniel Pinero in the fourth to make it a 1-1 game.
Altoona again pulled ahead in the fifth off the second of three long balls, this time from Robbie Glendinning. The Azocar heroics came in the sixth after Kody Eaves and Josh Lester singled with one out and Pinero was hit by a pitch to load the bases. After the go-ahead base hit, Pinero scored on a wild pitch to provide the difference.
Jimenez allowed the final run to cross for the Curve from a Mitchell Tolman home run. The save was the first of the season, and first chance, for any Erie reliever.
Tomorrow afternoon, the SeaWolves will send RHP Matt Manning (1-0, 1.80) to the mound against RHP Dario Agrazal (1-0, 7.50), first pitch set for 12:05 p.m. ET. The rubber match can be heard on Fox Sports Radio 1330 AM, SeaWolves.com, or seen on MiLB.TV.
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