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Monday, December 5, 2022

Spikes Come From Behind; Morris Wins #5 With Curve

Altoona Curve 6,� Richmond Flying Squirrels� 2 (box)

Bryan Morris gave up 10 hits but only 2 runs (one earned) as he earned his 5th win with the Curve.� Morris worked around runners on the corners in the 1st inning and two runners in scoring position in the 2nd, to keep the Squirrels from scoring.� He gave up three singles and a double in the 3rd inning, but only one run scored, due to a timely double play, and a rare occurrence — Richmond’s 1B Sharlon Schoop singled to the left side of the infield and the batted ball hit 3B Connor Gillapsie, who had just doubled, for the third out of the inning.

Richmond scored the unearned run in the 4th, on a walk, a passed ball, and an RBI single.� Another double play got Morris out of that inning.� Morris gave up three more singles to load the bases in the 5th, but two strikeouts and a line out got him out of that jam.

Meanwhile, the Curve batters were supplying some run support.� RF Miles Durham reached base on a fielding error in the 2nd inning, then stole second base, and advanced to third base on a ground out.� LF Yung Chi Chen was hit by a pitch, putting runners on the corners.� 2B Jose De Los Santos brought in Durham with a sacrifice fly, and Morris himself contributed the double that scored Chen.� Chen started the 2-run rally in the 4th inning with a single.� De Los Santos reached base on a throwing error, which allowed Chen to move to third base.�� De Los Santos stole second base, then both he and Chen scored on SS Chase d’Arnaud’s single.

C Hector Gimenez went 3-for-3 in the game, with 2 walks.� He had singled and stolen second base in the 1st, and doubled in the third, but both times was left on base.� He led off the 5th inning with another walk, and promptly stole second base again, then advanced to third when the throw on the steal went wild.� He scored the Curve’s fifth run on 1B Matt Hague’s sacrifice fly.� Gimenez also singled in the 7th inning, but was left on base again.

The Curve threatened in the 8th, when they loaded the bases on Durham’s double, and walks to CF Anthony Norman and De Los Santos.� But pinch-hitter Kris Watts bounced into a double play to end the threat.� Gimenez provided the Curve’s final run in the top of the 9th.� With two outs, Gimenez walked — he’d reached base safely in all 5 of his trips to the plate — and he scored from first base when Hague doubled.

After Morris’s days’ work was done, Tom Boleska, Ramon Aguero, Anthony Claggett, and Mike Dubee each pitched one inning in relief.� Boleska, Aguero, and Claggett each gave up two singles, but all kept the Squirrels from scoring.� Boleska and Aguero struck out two batters each, and Clagget used a double play to get out of his jam.� Dubee was the only reliever to not give up a hit.� He retired the side in order, with a ground out and two strikeouts.� Richmond posted a total of 16 hits in the game, and also collected 3 walks from Morris, but left 13 runners on base.

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