The Erie SeaWolves (2-2) were unable to break the Altoona Curve's (5-0) perfect start to 2019, falling in game one of a three game series at UPMC Park, 6-3. A four-run fourth inning proved to be the difference for the Curve, who held off a SeaWolves ninth inning rally.
Erie struck first in the second inning when Daniel Pinero led off with a double down the first-base line and Jose Azocar doubled him in with two outs to make it 1-0.
From there SeaWolves starter Logan Shore, making his first start in the Detroit Tigers system, allowed the four runs in his 5.0 innings on eight hits while striking out five and walking none. The Curve's Logan Hill did the brunt of the damage offensively, missing just a triple for the cycle in his 4-for-5 performance.
Altoona starter Pedro Vasquez kept Erie quiet, aside from the second, and earned his first win of the season. The SeaWolves bats got to reliever Tate Scioneaux in the ninth as Jake Rogers drove in two, with two outs, on a triple to right-center, but that was all.
The bullpen for Erie did what it could, with John Schreiber and Trent Szkutnik combining for nine strikeouts in 4.0 total innings of relief.
Tomorrow night, the SeaWolves will send LHP Nick Ramirez (0-0, 0.00) to the mound against RHP James Marvel (1-0, 0.00), first pitch set for 6:05 p.m. ET. Game two can be heard on Fox Sports Radio 1330 AM, SeaWolves.com, or seen on MiLB.TV. It is Kids Eat Free Day at UPMC Park as the first 250 kids ages 12 and younger receive a voucher good for a Smith's hot dog, Pepsi fountain drink and bag of Utz chips thanks to 94.7 BOB FM. Fans 21 and older can enjoy Two-Buck Tuesday featuring $2 drink specials exclusively in the Bud Light Beer Garden until the end of the sixth inning.
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