Altoona 12 - Binghamton 3


Press Release:

BINGHAMTON, NY – In their first visit to NYSEG Stadium in 2018, the Curve bashed three home runs en route to a 12-3 victory on Tuesday night against the Rumble Ponies. The Double-A Pirates sent eight batters to the plate in back-to-back frames, scoring 11 runs from the fourth through sixth innings. 

Altoona’s onslaught kicked off in the fourth inning, trailing 2-0. After Ke’Bryan Hayes tripled off the top of the right-center field wall, Jason Martin tied the game with his ninth home run of the season. Martin’s two-hit effort on Tuesday was his fifth straight multi-hit game. After getting the next two outs, Rumble Ponies starter Joseph Shaw struggled to cap the frame. After issuing a two out walk to Logan Hill, Christian Kelly extended the rally with a single. Logan Ratledge, the seventh batter of the inning, launched his first home run of the season, stretching the Altoona lead to 5-2. The Curve scored their quintet on four fourth-inning hits, sending eight men to the dish.

The Curve continued to challenge the Ponies in the fifth inning. With two on and one gone, Will Craig brought in the first of his five RBI with a two-run single to left field. Bryan Reynolds followed with a run-scoring double, before Kelly pushed home Craig with a groundout. Altoona’s lead would balloon to 8-2 at the end of five. 

Shaw (1-4) was yanked after the fifth inning for Mickey Jannis. The 6-foot-5 Texan allowed eight earned runs on six hits, striking out four and walking five. He’s allowed three or more runs in seven different innings this season.

Will Craig’s phenomenal night continued in the sixth when his three-run home run cleared the left field fence to give the Curve an 11-2 advantage. Pittsburgh’s 2016 first-round draft pick finished the series-opener 3-for-his-last-3 with a home run, double, single, and 5 RBI. 

The Altoona offense was plenty for Eduardo Vera in his third Double-A start. Vera (1-0) tossed seven innings and gave up three runs, without issuing a walk. He’s tossed 21.0 Eastern League innings and has issued just one walk. 

Binghamton’s final run came courtesy of John Mora, who blasted his second home run of the season in the bottom of the sixth inning.  

POSTGAME NOTES:John Mora’s home run was his first since April 8…Binghamton was outscored 12-1 from the fourth inning on…The Ponies have dropped three of four for the first time since May 20-23


Thomas Brennan said...

Shaw and Jannis brought their Vegas games last night.

Anonymous said...

This current installation of the 2018 NY Mets provide the absolute very best challenge a General Manager could ever have in his entire life. If he wants it.

That's how I see all this anyway.

Chris Beck signing is a redo of a once somewhat promising righty starter. He had been DFA'd from CWS.

Only really interesting pitchers one level down to me are Drew Smith (good enough to be converted to a starter), Gerson Bautista (103 mph fastball), and Eric Hanhold (nice stats for a reliever).

In the field two levels down you have of course 1B Peter Alonso explosion year), 2B Jeff McNeil (still tearing it up there), SP Nabil Crismatt (7-3), RP Dave Roseboom (nice stats emerging), and sleeper bat Tim Tebow.

But like I said above, if a GM wants a huge challenge to undertake, this one is it. Go for it.

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